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Meebo on My iPhone A Useable IM Client

I am hoping that Meebo will build in some code that detects the mobile Safari, more tailored toward the iPhone

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Just thought I would send up a quick post to let people know that I've just tried out Meebo on my iPhone. It takes a few seconds to get signed in, but once you're in, it's actually quite nice. Single-click a buddy to open a chat window with them. Double-tap the blue screen region to zoom out, then you can double-tap the newly opened buddy window to zoom into that region. Once you're zoomed in there you can use the on-screen keyboard (I switch to landscape mode for this because the keys are slightly wider in landscape mode). click the "Go" button to send your text.

If you've got multiple conversations open, just double-tap the blue region of the web page to zoom out, then double-tap on your target conversation window to zoom in. It's a "decent" experience right now, which is to say, awesome because it's the only one available that actually works.

In time, I am hoping that Meebo will build in some code that detects the mobile Safari and gives me a presentation more tailored toward the iPhone model... but the bottom line is that one of my biggest pain points (lack of IM) is now solved. I have relatively few complaints about the iPhone now.

Oh, and speed is completely fine on EDGE. Really, you can't tell the difference between the time it takes to send an IM over EDGE compared to 3G/EVDO, it's just a couple bytes.

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Kevin Hoffman, editor-in-chief of SYS-CON's iPhone Developer's Journal, has been programming since he was 10 and has written everything from DOS shareware to n-tier, enterprise web applications in VB, C++, Delphi, and C. Hoffman is coauthor of Professional .NET Framework (Wrox Press) and co-author with Robert Foster of Microsoft SharePoint 2007 Development Unleashed. He authors The .NET Addict's Blog at .NET Developer's Journal.

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Reggie 07/25/07 09:19:30 AM EDT

A better iPhone IM client is JiveTalk. Still in beta but it works really well: [http://iphone.beejive.com]

iPhone News Desk 07/25/07 08:55:03 AM EDT

Just thought I would send up a quick post to let people know that I've just tried out Meebo on my iPhone. It takes a few seconds to get signed in, but once you're in, it's actually quite nice. Single-click a buddy to open a chat window with them. Double-tap the blue screen region to zoom out, then you can double-tap the newly opened buddy window to zoom into that region. Once you're zoomed in there you can use the on-screen keyboard (I switch to landscape mode for this because the keys are slightly wider in landscape mode). click the 'Go' button to send your text.