Now comes Friendster MoBS, another web-based instant messaging platform that bears a frightening resemblance to Meebo’s GUI. Except that in MoBS, your only contacts are your friends in your Friendster account. But wait, on their site they say:
Friendster MoBS is a new web-based chat service. If you look to the right side, your buddy list is pre-populated with your friends. You can move the buddy list window and all other windows to your liking (we keep those settings even if you logout). Expect more features like group chatting and chat integration (jabber, yahoo, aol, etc.) in the future. Enjoy!
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This puts MoBS in serious contention not only with Meebo, but with local IM-text chat software Chikka (a desktop software), although for now they support only Smart subscribers.
At first glance, the Friendster team did a decent job with MoBS’ stark interface. They made good use of AJAX for this one. Wablet, I heard, will use a lot of Flash.
Will MoBS pose yet another threat to Meebo and in the process, Wablet? Too early to tell. But with Friendster opening up a rumored BPO office in the Philippines, my best answer is, uhm, yes.