Meebo platform needs to come to XULRunner 2007/10/30
Today Om is reporting that Meebo is launching its own platform for third-party Meebo widgets. I could care less about the widgets, but could this be a REST API for sending IMs? No (dammit).
A couple weeks back, Instantbird did a lap around the Internet. I must call failure here, because when I tried to sign into Yahoo! Messenger it crashed immediately, spectacularly and consistently (tried four times). I know what you're thinking: but Yahoo! Messenger is a closed system, of course there will be problems. Yeah, but Adium is built on the same library and pretty much always signs in happily (but never, ever shows me when Cal is online).
The glaring hole in all of this is that while you can
sendMsg to your heart's content, thus far you have no one to send to. This isn't a full-blown API, folks. It's a widget platform. There's no way to get at someone's buddy list. Back to libpurple, I suppose. But if Meebo made the rest of their service available as a REST API (to complement the far superior Flash method of sending/receiving messages), I'd be sold.