Wablet vs. eBuddy vs. Meebo: Who’s Better?

September 8, 2006 at 4:10 pm 66 comments

There seems to be an ever increasing amount of similar products launched, but are there enough users to go around to give the companies behind the products any hope of ever actually generating any revenue? It seems to me that it could make solid sense for a few of these companies to actually join forces with each other so they can pool resources together and develop even more bells and whistles that the new age Internet community seem to adore and always want more.

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Take, for example, the following two instant message (IM) platforms: Meebo and eBuddy. These are just two or many IM platforms that claim very similar features but both have their own dedicated user group. Both IM platforms  have web versions that enables you to chat with your MSN, AOL and Yahoo buddies without having to install a program. However, Meebo does have Jabber and Google Talk while eBuddy allows you to chat with your friends using a mobile phone or PDA.

Now, I am not saying that eBuddy and Meebo do not offer interesting and valuable services and that their users are not happy and eager to continue utilizing their solutions. However, I am saying that there’s a new and very exciting IM platform that will soon be launching called Wablet.

Matt Marshall from SiliconBeat says, “Wablet is a new instant message client that builds in new identity features so you can better decide whether you want to talk with people visiting you.” He continues to state that, “You register at Wablet, and you get a little Web-based console that you can drag anywhere on your computer screen. That Wablet console, in turn, is intelligent. It keeps track of all the places on the Web where you have a sites or a profile (which you have also registered at Wablet). Wablet looks like a Yahoo or MSN IM box, but runs in a browser. It lets you message within all your existing IM accounts, but also lets you chat with people at other sites you own.” Here’s an image of what your console would show, showing the main person you are conversing with, and then a bunch of other people on the top bar waiting to talk with you.

This platform is still in a private alpha phase so I have not had the opportunity to personally test it out but they claims to supports MSN, AIM, and ICQ currently with Jabber and Google Talk support for to come. These features sound similar to eBuddy and Meebo but hold on it gets better. Narasu Rebbapragada of PCWorld.com wrote today that, “Wablet works with Firefox and Internet Explorer browsers on the PC and Safari and Firefox browsers on the Mac. A public version should be ready over the next few months, according to Wablet CEO David Foote.” Rebbapragada continues to say, “You [can] also control which identities appear online and when. During business hours, for example, you can choose to be available for your Web site customers but not your MySpace friends. Wablet is developing ways to qualify Wablet members with thumbs up/thumbs down ratings and badge-type affiliations with other networking sites.”

Wablet (based in the U.S. but has developers in the Philippines) certainly sounds exciting and holds the potential of becoming a major player in this place. Interesting enough, Wablet has had to only raise a seed round so far and has been operating secretly, whereas both Meebo from the U.S. and Ebuddy from Europe have have raised VC funding from top tier firms. Meebo having received money from Sequoia Capital in December, as  reported by TechCrunch and eBuddy receiving money from an undisclosed, but top tier, VC firm.

With everything said, lets keep in mind that the proof is in the pudding and even though Wablet seems pretty darn exciting eBuddy, which formally launched on May 1, 2004, is already profitable thanks to advertising revenues, (in part from their relationship with Eurekster has around 30 million users and claims it is growing by as much as 100,000 users a day.

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66 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Navdeep  |  September 8, 2006 at 7:57 pm

    Nice thorough review. Thanks!

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  • 2. Samer Bazzi  |  September 18, 2006 at 11:00 am

    Nice review, have a look at koolim.com also.

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  • […] We recently had the opportunity to speak with Samer Bazzi, president of KoolIM LLC. TechAddress recently posting an article analyzing 3 different instant messaging (IM) platforms entitled: Wablet vs. eBuddy vs. Meebo: Who’s Better? Shortly after posting the article KoolIM’s application and services came to our attention and we wanted to share what we have learned more Mr. Bazzi. TechAddress: Tell me a bit about your company, what it does and what’s your value proposition? […]

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  • 4. Scott  |  September 19, 2006 at 11:46 pm

    excellent article.

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  • 5. Scott  |  September 19, 2006 at 11:46 pm

    also, this koolim works in our office, yay!

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  • 6. Scott  |  September 19, 2006 at 11:47 pm

    do you know of any others incase koolim is blocked?

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  • […] We recently had the opportunity to speak with Samer Bazzi, president of KoolIM LLC. TechAddress recently posting an article analyzing 3 different instant messaging (IM) platforms entitled: Wablet vs. eBuddy vs. Meebo: Who’s Better? Shortly after posting the article KoolIM’s application and services came to our attention and we wanted to share what we have learned more Mr. Bazzi. […]

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  • 8. liz  |  September 20, 2006 at 8:56 am

    do u no any msn that ant blocked send it me

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  • 9. techaddress  |  September 20, 2006 at 1:33 pm

    Hi Scott,

    Check out this list, maybe these will help you out:

    http://www.meebo.com

    http://www.imunitive.com

    http://www.imhaha.com

    http://www.e-buddy.com

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    http://www.wablet.com

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  • 10. danny  |  September 22, 2006 at 3:57 am

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  • 11. hannah  |  September 28, 2006 at 6:48 am

    does eny fit person on here would like to chat to me and make friends

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  • 12. Simon  |  October 7, 2006 at 11:06 am

    nice job!

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  • 13. Andy-O  |  October 10, 2006 at 9:05 am

    Also:

    http://www.radiusim.com

    Shows people by location as well.

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  • 14. techaddress  |  October 10, 2006 at 9:11 am

    Thanks for the comment Andy. We would love to interview RadiusIM.com if anyone knows them, suggest they do an interview with us 🙂

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  • 16. Simon  |  October 21, 2006 at 6:44 pm

    if you like meebo and real time chat widgets check out inCircles http://www.inCircles.com it’ll be out very soon it’s awesome!!

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  • 17. Bob  |  November 7, 2006 at 7:36 am

    I prefer ebuddy! The ebuddy interface is good and the site is the most discrete of them all. I use it at work.

    Ebuddy also offers free (!) mobile chat application. Apparently worldwide over four million people are already using this service. Pretty impressive!

    If you have a xHTML or Wap 2.0 enabled device you can access your chat networks (MSN, Yahoo, AIM). A great way to escape your phone’s proprietary lock-ins.
    Check http://www.ebuddy.com/mobile.php for more info

    Enjoy!

    Bob

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  • 18. Samer  |  November 12, 2006 at 2:31 am

    I prefer KoolIM 🙂

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  • 19. Terry  |  November 13, 2006 at 9:25 pm

    anyone got any that have the ability to use AIM… i need some and the others are all blocked!

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  • 20. allen  |  November 14, 2006 at 9:07 am

    FYI, at ad:tech last week I was able to get some time with eBuddy CEO JJ. He’s pretty cool and you can listen to my interview here:
    http://www.centernetworks.com/interview-with-ebuddy

    Meebo has no ads right now so from that perspective it is cleaner, but eBuddy is bigger in terms of users. I have an interview with Meebo here too (about a month old):
    http://www.centernetworks.com/interview-with-meebo

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  • 21. xjackyx  |  November 23, 2006 at 7:52 am

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  • 22. ?  |  November 28, 2006 at 10:10 am

    u got ne more

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    u got ne more web messengers

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  • 24. rish  |  December 9, 2006 at 5:35 am

    hi guys….. we can get in to this IM sites through proxy sites , if they are blocked. All im sites are blocked in my office. Even iam looking for some proxy sites. Most of the proxy sites are blocked in my office like http://www.kaxy.com/anonymous_web_browsing.htm,
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  • 25. lisha  |  December 15, 2006 at 6:58 am

    i need a proxy to get on ebuddy at school. can anyone help?

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  • 26. david  |  December 20, 2006 at 9:25 am

    i need new msn

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  • 27. . b e a . j a y .  |  December 27, 2006 at 12:44 pm

    i prefer normal msn lol

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  • 28. jennie  |  January 23, 2007 at 1:12 am

    need proxies to get on im in my dorm!!! none of the im works and i use kaxy but they still dont work

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  • […] We recently had the opportunity to speak with Samer Bazzi, president of KoolIM LLC. TechAddress recently posting an article analyzing 3 different instant messaging (IM) platforms entitled: Wablet vs. eBuddy vs. Meebo: Who’s Better? […]

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