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Social Networking on your Desktop

Sep - 12 - 2010
Nicole C. Engard

I received an email today announcing the research of Seesmic Desktop for Windows & Mac. Seesmic is a tool that allows you to track updates to a bunch of your social networks all at once. In my case I have set Seesmic up to follow Facebook, Twitter, Ping.fm, Google Buzz, LinkedIn and Foursquare.

I have been playing with it on the web and on my desktop a bunch today and really think I like where it’s headed. It’s not 100% what I need, but it’s certainly better than visiting a bunch of sites a bunch of times in one day. I open up Seesmic (on the web or my desktop) and then I can see all the twitter updates from those I follow, all those sent to my attention and all those tagged #koha. I then get to see (next to those three) Facebook updates and Google Buzz updates. It’s an amazing way to keep up with all the important things being posted on a series of social networks without having to remember to visit each page.

When it comes to the web app it seems to integrate better into Twitter by adding the reply and retweet buttons right on the posts by those I follow. On the desktop I have to right click on the tweet you want to retweet or reply to and choose your option from there. Doing it that way makes it so that the system doesn’t track the conversation (if replying) or the number of retweets if retweeting (like it does when you use the retweet button on Twitter).

When posting to the various services you can do so all at once or one at a time using either the web or the desktop tool. I also like the Twitter search that is built into both tools that allows you to save searches an rerun them (just like on the Twitter website). That said it looks like (as I said earlier) the web app handles twitter integration better than the desktop – in addition to the replying and the retweeting, the web app allows you to see your saved searches, lists and contacts from twitter, but I haven’t found a way to see those things on the desktop app.

Overall opinion – this is an awesome tool! I think for now I might focus on using the web app while the desktop app grows up a bit. My husband, who is testing it on Windows (I’m on Mac) says he too likes it, but does not like that he can’t collapse it to his system tray – so for now he too will not be using the desktop app because it lacks that one convenience he looks for.

One Response so far.

  1. Daniel G says:

    Tell your husband that there are numerous free utilities like RBTray & 4t Tray Minimizer that enable minimizing applications to the system tray instead of the taskbar.


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