If you do not really like a tagboard for spammers to linkbomb but want to be contacted instantly by your readers without having to be waaaaay off topic on the comment area of your latest post, then maybe Meebo might do you some justice. It’s the little widget on my sidebar just below the searchform.
Meebo also bridges all the major IM services (AIM, MSN, Yahoo, Gtalk, ICQ, and Jabber). But up until now, you had to go to Meebo.com to use it or go to a partner Website that embeds the Meebo widget. Yep, you heard me, up until now.
Now it has an add-on for the Firefox Web browser (news from TechCrunch). Supposedly if you use Firefox, you could drag links to anyone on your buddy list. When you get a new IM, you get a visual notification (such as a blinking tab or a pop-up toast). And you would not have to go through the hassle of opening a new tab, or a new window to send a meebo IM which was the main reason I removed the widget from my site: I keep forgetting to login and check the messages!
Anyhow, I’ve placed the widget back in and tested out the addon. My take on the plugin is that it kind of disappointed me. The pop-up toast (for when a guest opens your site or leaves your site or for new messages) is nice but the addon doesn’t do anything much, it opens a new tab for the meebo site and I thought you could really chat on the sidepane without opening a window for meebo.com). Overall the addon needs a whole lot more of work since I don’t see myself using it now, If only it could connect without opening a new tab (I don’t like too many opened tabs when I’m working) and instead connect through the Meebo app while I’m on Netvibes then that would be a beauty.