MeeboMe No More

We have been using the handy little MeeboMe widget in our PBWorks wikis to give students an easy way to chat quickly when they and we are online– either as planned office hours or serendipitously.

It was a quick, easy solution for quick, easy questions and answers.

I say “was” because the Interwebs continue to eat their young, and not so young.  Yes, the Google “has acquired” the Meebo, and they appear to be trimming the fat or perhaps trimming away the competition.  Hard to tell.

Perhaps beautiful things will arise from this acquisition, but in the meantime I have to go searching for a new widget (annoyed brow furrowing).

And suddenly I find myself thinking back to

And adding to the list of reasons why open source solutions are so important for small fry like me and the small fry institution I work for.  Like Blanche DuBois, I have often “depended on the kindness of strangers,” but when those strangers are profit-driven it often ends about as well for me as it did for Blanche. When the suits take away the free lunch and there are no open source replacements, then my students and I will really be out of luck.

RIP MeeboMe; you were a good a little helper.

photo by: marioanima

And adding to the list of reasons why open source solutions are so important for small fry like me and the small fry institution I work for.  Like Blanche DuBois, I have often “depended on the kindness of strangers,” but when those strangers are profit-driven it often ends about as well for me as it did for Blanche. When the suits take away the free lunch and there are no open source replacements, then my students and I will really be out of luck.

RIP MeeboMe; you were a good a little helper.

photo by: marioanima

Author Gill Creel