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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