We liked Amitai Givertz’s Recruitomatic post about making real connections with people through the Internet. Well, the post was about a bunch of things, but the connections are what I’m focused on at present. From our first online exchange with Amitai we realized that we were in the same neck of the woods…physically and virtually. Our worlds quickly collided in a most enjoyable way when Amitai proposed a fun dinner with Shannon and me. Of course, the great power of the Internet is that it opens up new relationships and enriches our interactions. We meet people in places we’ve never traveled to and connect with people of diverse backgrounds. We rally around points of common interest, often ones we’d be unlikely to quickly unearth if we were to meet at a party or even learn about from working side-by-side. Online, we get to talk with each other in all different types of ways.
Blogs are supposed to be interactive, and they are. But we’re particularly interested in our new blog widget from Meebo, it’s the instant messaging window on our blog on the right sidebar. The service is called MeeboMe. Meebo launched earlier this year as a multi-client, browser-based instant messaging tool. That’s a mouth full. Let me decipher the geek speak. It allows you to connect to your AOL Instant Messenger (AIM), Yahoo! Messenger, MSN Messenger, Gtalk and other IM accounts all at the same time AND all from a browser window. There are other software programs that do this but you have to download and install them on your computer. That’s fine for some but many companies prohibit employees from installing even a simple application like Yahoo! Messenger on their work computer.
When I first tried Meebo during their initial launch I found the browser-based software to be a bit unreliable and I stopped using it after a week. Of course, the dynamic trio responsible for creating Meebo have been hard at work refining their program and launching the new MeeboMe instant messenger for blogs. It picked up tremendous word-of-mouth recently and is really taking off.
Meebome is all about making your blog even more interactive. Finding additional ways to begin a discussion with a reader, potential customer or jobseeker from your blog. While recruiters and hiring managers have a variety of opinions about receiving IMs at work – I think that if you invite readers to IM you regarding job opportunities, right from your blog – that’s powerful – practically making your blog a daily virtual open house. Regardless of how you feel about IM – there is a tremendous upside to being able to interact live with a blog author, as you read and consider their latest posts. It won’t likely replace blog commenting but it will add a communication channel that didn’t exist before. The phone, e-mail, and commenting will continue on but, from here on out, we’ll look forward to talking live with you on instant messenger right from our blog. Go ahead, reach out and meebo us, I mean talk to us.