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Facebook, Meebo Talking Again–Now That Meebo Has Agreed to Use Facebook Connect

Yesterday, during a panel discussion on advertising and social networks at the OnMedia NYC conference, I said that Meebo, the Web-based chat aggregator, was in a “tiff” with Facebook. Not true, said Chief Revenue Officer Carter Brokaw–even though Facebook had forced Meebo to unplug itself from the social network, the two sides were working together and were about to patch things up.

Brokaw had pretty good info. Meebo users are now able to work with Facebook accounts again. Here’s CEO Seth Sternberg’s message to his users:

Good news!

Facebook Chat is back.

In my last blog post (linked), I told you we were removing Facebook for a little while in order to incorporate a new way of connecting to their network.

After some hard work from the folks here at Meebo and help from a whole host of people at Facebook, we now have Facebook back in Meebo.

Plus, Meebo is now the first launch partner of the ‘alpha’ version of the Facebook Connect + Chat integration. That’s pretty cool.

The method for connecting is slightly different than the other networks on Meebo, but it works basically the same way. You can login to Facebook from the front page or, if you have a Meebo account, login with your Meebo username and add Facebook as a network account from inside Meebo.

Thanks for your patience while we were getting Facebook up and running again.

We hope this helps you keep in touch with all your Facebook friends!”

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