Sorting through the mess of financial programs on the market today can be so difficult that many people give up altogether. There are simply too many poor applications on the market that do nothing to actually help you connect with those in the know and improve your financial portfolio. StockTwits, an online financial social networking hub, wants to put a stop to that. They have expanded their products from solely online gathering places to desktop information centers, and have recently launched their free desktop program, which is still working through its beta stages, for you to try out.
To get started with the desktop program follow this link and download the program. It installs easily and does not require much effort as longs as you have Adobe Air already on your machine. Once installed, follow the link provided by the program to setup a StockTwits account if you have not already done so. This will serve as you login for the program and will allow you to get customized Twitter feeds and up to the minute stock information.
The interface is pretty simple, although it can appear a bit confusing at first. Your screen is divided into a series of columns in which you choose what information appears. By clicking on the Add Streams button in the top left of the program you can select new content to place in those columns, choosing from things like subscribed Twitter finance feeds, charts showing the performance of your specific stocks, or even general news updates.
By clicking on the links found in Twitter posts you can fly through StockTwits’ own built in browser to find out more information, reviewing original articles or new series of streams on that specific topic. This does not disturb your existing information thanks to the tabs feature, which allows you to open up quite a bit of information at the same time.
Yet the StockTwits desktop program is far more than a consolidation point for information streaming in a cross the web. You can send your own messages back out through your own Twitter feed by clicking on the Message button in the top left of the screen.
You can also get up to the minute, professionally produced stock programming through StockTwits TV which can be opened up directly through the desktop program. This may well be the feature that pushes the program over the top for you. It provides audio and visual programming about what is happening in finance as it happens, giving you advice that, when coupled with the information streaming into your interface, can help you make better financial decisions.
If you are less interested in the multitude of features the desktop application has and are in search of things that you can put on your mobile devices, fear not – StockTwits is prepared to help you out as well. In addition to their more average (but still impressive) features like WordPress plugins and browser extensions the company offers free applications for the Blackberry, iPhone, and iPad. They offer the same kind of productivity provided in the full desktop program but in a more consolidated format. You can find links to the full line of downloads right here.
Finance programs certainly are not for everyone, but those interested in keeping up with their stocks while getting real-time advice from those who actually know what they are doing will likely find StockTwits’ desktop program a great tool. Keeping up with the financial world can be very difficult, and this program helps tackle that challenge.
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