A timeline of the growth and decline of instant messengers.
DabKick, a screen sharing app, today launched DabLinks, which allow live screen-sharing and chatting between users without requiring them to share their email addresses.
Backed by seven figures in funding, today Glide announced a new instant video messaging app that allows you to enjoy video messaging in real time, or on your own schedule.
The same social networking tools that bring us together may also be destroying our language. A recent study suggests that the more kids text, the less they learn about proper grammar.
As part of a planned phase-out of Windows Messenger, the service’s users can now reach their contacts using Skype, Microsoft said today. Windows will retire Messenger everywhere except China in the first few months of 2013.
More than half of media websites’ traffic comes from unidentified social referrals rather than social networks, The Atlantic reports.
Super Mega Hyper, a Belgian startup, is trying to save email from the encroachment of instant messaging. On Wednesday, it launched Kukoo temporary inbox — basically a holding pen where email that users designate as non-urgent waits before being delivered on a schedule that users also determine.
Instant messaging is a pretty good way to communicate when you can’t meet in person, but can an online platform actually improve conversations? That’s the mission of Talkwheel, a San Francisco-based startup founded in 2009 by Jeff Harris. Like Yammer, HipChat and Salesforce Chatter, Talkwheel is an instant messaging service for companies and other groups, but the layout is designed to make these discussions easier to see. In a recent phone interview, Talkwheel representative Patrick Randolph gave mbStartups a tour of the interface and discussed the future possibilities for the service.
Multiple chat client Digsby is undergoing a few changes, all of which are being revealed today. The desktop application that lets you login to several chat and social media services at once has seen a good amount of success since launching less than two years ago, but Digsby is now focused on gaining the top spot as a stable and functional instant messaging tool.
In order to achieve this, Digsby has redone a great deal of its performance optimization, reducing overall CPU usage by nearly 50%. File transfers have also been improved for AIM, ICQ and MSN. Support has also been added for MySpace status updates, and for the invisible status on Gtalk.
Meebo’s latest partnership is with myYearbook, the social networking site started by teenagers for fellow high schoolers. The partnership includes myYearbook using Meebo chat as a prominent feature on every page of its site, providing chat tools for Meebo users and guests alike.
The partnership should be a win-win for both Meebo and myYearbook, as instant messaging is a highly requested feature from myYearbook users. myYearbook is one of the largest networks dedicated to the high school age demographic. This specific user base is also quite active when it comes to online activity, making it a good fit for Meebo’s chat and media-sharing tools.