I use GMail, Google Apps, Google Analytics, Google Maps, Google Adwords, Google Google.. etc, etc
But I have NEVER used Google Chat. Why? It’s too hard to change. I have over 500 contacts in Windows Live Messenger, and that’s where they hang out.
So the only possible way Google could get me to even try Google Chat is if it worked with Live Messenger.
According to a study released by Nielsen/NetRatings [PDF], Meebo is the instant messaging solution with the highest US growth in the last 10 months. Meebo, a web messenger that lets you connect to Yahoo Messenger, Windows Live Messenger, AIM, ICQ and Jabber/Google Talk, increased its US user base from 434,000 to almost 2 million. In the same period of time, Google Talk grew from 904,000 to 2,25 million users. It’s unclear whether the study only included Google Talk’s desktop client or it also considered the web interfaces from Gmail and iGoogle. The more powerful Skype has 2,6 million users in the US.