Meebo’s new iPhone app is probably one of the best cross-platform chat applications available for any mobile device. Meebo has been offering a web-based instant messenger for years. The web client comes in handy if you’re using a friend’s computer or if your work computer won’t let you install a multi-protocol chat client like Trillian, Pidgin, or Digsby. But overall, I prefer a dedicated app for desktop instant messaging.

But on the iPhone or iPod Touch, Meebo truly shines.

Meebo allows you to login to multiple instant message services. All the major players are covered, including AOL, Windows Live, Google, Yahoo! and Facebook. The app also supports more obscure chat protocols including ICQ and Jabber as well as specialty sites including eBaum’s World and

Once you add your accounts to Meebo, it will automatically import (and combine) your buddy lists. Tap on any name to initiate a chat with that contact — or to view their status messages or your chat history.

Clicking the Chat button at the bottom of the screen will bring up all your current and recent chats. And the Accounts tab is where you add new accounts or manage existing accounts. You can also set your status and away messages or sign off from the Accounts menu.

Best of all, Meebo also supports push notifications which can alert you of new messages even when the applicationis closed.

Meebo is available as a free download from the iTunes App Store.

Brad Linder

Brad Linder is editor of Liliputing and Mobiputing. He's been tinkering with mobile tech for decades and writing about it since...

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