Migrate Facebook and Twitter To Your Desktop Together with Seesmic

Melanie Gross
Jul 8, 2011
Updated • Jan 4, 2018
Companies, Software, Twitter, Windows, Windows software

Over the years we have posted several different plugins and applications that helps make social networking easier by making it more readily available. There really is no reason that users of the big networks like Facebook and Twitter need to go to the websites of their programs when trying to do normal, ordinary tasks. After all, the one thing that most people do more than anything else with those networks is check up on their friends and update them in return with their own updates and statuses. Several Ghacks articles have already exemplified this through browser plug ins and extensions.

We have not, however, posted an all-inclusive desktop program that handles everything for you without pushing you onto a browser to handle at least part of the process. Yet if you do not need to get onto the actual sites of the various social networking platforms, why should you even have to bother opening a browser? You should be able to gain access to your social information right from your desktop without having to get into a browser at all. You can – and it can get you straight to your data more quickly and with less hoops to jump through.

Of the various options available to handle this for you, the best is likely a program called Seesmic Desktop. It is limited in that it only covers Facebook and Twitter (right now), but it does a much better job with integrating the two services with the desktop than any other service available today. To try it out on your own machine, follow this link to the Seesmic’s download page and start the installation. It is a smaller file than those of most such applications, although it does require that you have Adobe AIR installed for installation.

Once on your system you can click the small gear in the bottom left corner of the interface to adjust your settings (it also comes up the first time the program is loaded). Take a moment to add your accounts, then click save. The program should automatically populate with information from both sources. You can manage each account by selecting its column separately and then using update and search features along the top of the interface window.

In time you will discover even more of the fantastic features the program offers, including options that allow you to change how many columns are in the default interface and even have the ability to manage some Facebook pages right from your desktop. Perhaps most notably, Seesmic can also post tweets and status updates with the same message to both Twitter and Facebook simultaneously, updating all of your friends on both networks with a simple click.

There are multiple programs that handle the same tasks as Seesmic that are fighting for your attention. When it comes to getting the job done right, however, Seesmic does the best job of the bunch – as long as you are just looking for Facebook and Twitter access. If looking to stretch into other domains, you may be more interested in something like Yoono, although it will not do quite the same tasks with the two giants as efficiently.


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  1. The Dark Lady said on July 9, 2023 at 11:19 am

    Martin, I would appreciate that you do not censor this post, as it’s informative writing.

    Onur, there is a misleading statement “[…] GIFs are animated images …”. No, obviously you don’t seem to have take much notice of what you were told back in March regarding; Graphics Interchange Format (GIF).

    For example, https://www.ghacks.net/2023/03/31/whats-gif-explanation-and-how-to-use-it/#comment-4562919 (if you had read my replies within that thread, you might have learnt something useful). I even mentioned, “GIF intrinsically supports animated images (GIF89a)”.

    You linked to said article, [Related: …] within this article, but have somehow failed to take onboard what support you were given by several more knowledgeable people.

    If you used AI to help write this article, it has failed miserably.

  2. KeZa said on August 17, 2023 at 5:58 pm

    AI is stupid, and it will not get any better if we really know how this all works. Prove me wrong.. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4IYl1sTIOHI

  3. Database failure said on August 18, 2023 at 5:21 pm

    Martin, [#comment-4569908] is only meant to be in: [https://www.ghacks.net/2023/07/09/how-to-send-gifs-on-iphone-two-different-ways/]. Whereas it appears duplicated in several recent random low-quality non relevant articles.

    Obviously it [#comment-4569908] was posted: 9 July 2023. Long before this thread even existed… your database is falling over. Those comments are supposed to have unique ID values. It shouldn’t be possible to duplicate the post ID, if the database had referential integrity.

  4. Howard Pearce said on August 25, 2023 at 12:24 pm

    Don’t tell me!

    Ghacks wants the state to step in for STATE-MANDATED associations to save jobs!!!

    Bring in the dictatorship!!!

    And screw Rreedom of Association – too radical for Ghacks maybe

  5. Howard Allan Pearce said on September 7, 2023 at 9:13 am

    GateKeeper ?

    That’s called “appointing” businesses to do the state’s dirty work!!!!!

    But the article says itself that those appointed were not happy – implying they had not choice!!!!!!

  6. owl said on September 7, 2023 at 9:50 am

    @The Dark Lady,
    @Database failure,
    @Howard Pearce,
    @Howard Allan Pearce,

    Note: I replaced the quoted URI scheme: https:// with “>>” and posted.

    The current ghacks.net is owned by “Softonic International S.A.” (sold by Martin in October 2019), and due to the fate of M&A, ghacks.net has changed in quality.
    >> ghacks.net/2023/09/02/microsoft-is-removing-wordpad-from-windows/#comment-4573130
    Many Authors of bloggers and advertisers certified by Softonic have joined the site, and the site is full of articles aimed at advertising and clickbait.
    >> ghacks.net/2023/08/31/in-windows-11-the-line-between-legitimate-and-adware-becomes-increasingly-blurred/#comment-4573117
    As it stands, except for articles by Martin Brinkmann, Mike Turcotte, and Ashwin, they are low quality, unhelpful, and even vicious. It is better not to read those articles.
    How to display only articles by a specific author:
    Added line to My filters in uBlock Origin: ghacks.net##.hentry,.home-posts,.home-category-post:not(:has-text(/Martin Brinkmann|Mike Turcotte|Ashwin/))
    >> ghacks.net/2023/09/01/windows-11-development-overview-of-the-august-2023-changes/#comment-4573033

    By the way, if you use an RSS reader, you can track exactly where your comments are (I’m an iPad user, so I use “Feedly Classic”, but for Windows I prefer the desktop app “RSS Guard”).
    RSS Guard: Feed reader which supports RSS/ATOM/JSON and many web-based feed services.
    >> github.com/martinrotter/rssguard#readme

  7. Anonymous said on September 14, 2023 at 6:41 pm

    We all live in digital surveillance glass houses under scrutiny of evil people because of people like Musk. It’s only fair that he takes his turn.

  8. Anonymous said on September 18, 2023 at 1:31 pm

    “Operating systems will be required to let the user choose the browser, virtual assistant and search engine of their choice. Microsoft cannot force users to use Bing or Edge. Apple will have to open up its iOS operating system to allow third-party app stores, aka allow sideloading of apps. Google, on the other hand, will need to provide users with the ability to uninstall preloaded apps (bloatware) from Android devices. Online services will need to allow users to unsubscribe from their platform easily. Gatekeepers need to provide interoperability with third-parties that offer similar services.”

    Wonderful ! Let’s hope they’ll comply with that law more than they are doing with the GDPR.

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