OK gang, the biggest strength of Meebo, that it's web-based, has also been the biggest strike against it. For those of us who are using it as a service, it's a bit of a pain to remember to fire it up, and to have the web browser open. Accidentally shut down the page or have a browser crash and you lose the service.
Worry no more, here's how you can run Meebo completely independent of your web browser, as a desktop application!
You need to download a small application from Mozilla called Prism. Did I mention it's available for Windows, Mac AND Linux? :-) Prism allows a web service (any website) to run in its own window, available with a desktop or startup menu shortcut. Because it's in a separate window, you don't even have to have a web browser open to access Meebo, and because it can launch as an application, you can add it to your startup routine so it starts with your OS, just like Trillian or Pidgin can.
It's incredibly easy to install and run; I'll be using it heavily starting tomorrow at the office. Here it is in action (email and RSS subscribers will have to click through to view):
While this should run on Leopard, there's another application specifically built for the newest OS called Fluid. Someone try it out and let me know how it works, kay?