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eBay rejects Meebome, saying it is against policy

EBay has rejected Meebo's new widget, Meebome.

Hani Durzy, spokesman for eBay, said the Meebome widget, which lets people place a little instant message box on their pages, isn't welcome at eBay.

Meebo's Seth Sternberg tested the policy this morning, by placing the new widget -- released today at 5am, and which we wrote about here -- at an eBay listing (still up as of this post time).

"Putting this Meebome client on an eBay listing page would be a policy violation," Durzy told us a few minutes ago. "We are testing the inclusion of the Skype chat and/or voice communication in a small number of categories. That is the extent to which we will allow IM'ing or chat voice communication directly within a listing page at this point."

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I guess that's to be expected. They just spent billions acquiring exactly what Meebo would be doing right out of the gate.

Anyways, there are still half a million other ideas you could use this for.

steve_ray on August 2, 2006 9:15 AM
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backend should not be a proprietary web based client but the standard IM interface. Would be nice if Meebo could pass on the messages to the already existing chat clients, rather than requiring its own web based client....

Georges van Hoegaerden on August 2, 2006 11:25 AM
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Good point. This appears to be first time Meebo is using its own client independent of the big four -- via Jabber.

Matt Marshall on August 2, 2006 11:53 AM
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Well yahoo messenger have this IM me button to place it on the website. anyone who wants to message can click on it and the guy will get it on his yahoo messenger application.
The only diff here is, everything is on web browser but the idea is old(yahoo had these for years)


gaurav on August 2, 2006 6:07 PM
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