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      CommentAuthorwilliac
    • CommentTimeApr 28th 2008 edited
     (2018.1)
    First, my apologies if this has been covered here. I did a search though, so I think it's cool.

    Our host has mentioned his love of desktop apps for aiding in Internet omniscience and I'm warming up to the idea of leaving the browser.

    Twhirl, which has been mentioned, was nice to play with, but right now, Digsby's handling my email, Facebook, MySpace, AIM, and Twitter accounts. Now, instead of logging into these sites and getting sidetracked, I just glance at my systray to see if I have any new messages. It's the best friend my online productivity has ever had.

    The only thing it's missing is WordPress and Flickr support.

    http://www.digsby.com/

    Any other desktop app recommendations?
  1.  (2018.2)
    I guess I use a desktop app in that I wrote my own podcast client in python+tkinter recently. It's completely manual, but I still prefer it to iTunes, which would randomly, and silently, fail to download podcasts in their entirety.

    So yes, I do feel that smaller, lightweight, widget-style apps are moving into the space that had been reserved exclusively for browsers. Whether this is a good thing or not is unclear.
  2.  (2018.3)
    Chirpscreen and 8hands both support Flickr.
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      CommentAuthorhmobius
    • CommentTimeApr 29th 2008
     (2018.4)
    Still using flock for pretty much everything - facebook, flickr, blogging etc, although the feedreading isn't brilliant.
    Using feeddemon for that instead now its free.
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      CommentAuthorsmerwin
    • CommentTimeApr 29th 2008
     (2018.5)
    Fluid is pretty interesting. I haven't found a whole lot of use for it yet, but neither have I spent much time playing with it yet. Keeping webapps on the dock in OSX is still neat, though.
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      CommentAuthorfunvill
    • CommentTimeMay 9th 2008
     (2018.6)
    I use http://www.digsby.com/ too, its one of the only utilities i have found that let me remotely update my Facebook status.
    Unfortunately it does not support http://www.tumblr.com/ and only half good tumblr i have found is http://feedfeast.com/wintumblr/ and its not too great.

    Does anyone else use tumblr? what client do you use?
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      CommentAuthorwilliac
    • CommentTimeMay 9th 2008
     (2018.7)
    I'm a fan of tumblr, but I just have it snag my RSS feeds, so don't need any clients for it specifically.
  3.  (2018.8)
    only half good tumblr i have found is http://feedfeast.com/wintumblr/ and its not too great.

    Tumblweed?
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      CommentAuthorfunvill
    • CommentTimeMay 10th 2008
     (2018.9)
    @warrenellis
    So much better, Thank you.
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      CommentAuthorm1k3y
    • CommentTimeMay 10th 2008
     (2018.10)
    oh this is great! the browser is one big attention-splitting, distraction engine

    that being said, i signed on to socialthing! the other day.. a desktop client for that would be rockin'
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      CommentAuthorDigitalyn
    • CommentTimeMay 28th 2008
     (2018.11)
    Bumping this one since I'm searching for some useful adobe air apps like Twhirl. I'm trying Readair at the moment but I'm not really convinced by it.
    • CommentAuthorSteerpike
    • CommentTimeMay 28th 2008
     (2018.12)
    Digitalyn, if you're not already aware of it check out the airapps wiki.
  4.  (2018.13)
    smerwin

    Fluid wins.

    Pandora, Photobucket, and Google Docs now live on my dock in a more meaningful way than as bookmarks.
    • CommentAuthorMaC
    • CommentTimeJun 23rd 2008
     (2018.14)
    What is everyone using for Desktop RSS feeds? I was using Newgator Desktop and I loved it, but uninstalling Internet Explorer caused it to implode and there seems to be no way to install it without also installing IE, which I might cave and do. I'm using Newgator FeedDemon 2.7 right now and I friggin hate it.
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      CommentAuthorhmobius
    • CommentTimeJun 24th 2008 edited
     (2018.15)
    @MaC : Newsgator \ FeedDemon uses IE for its browser window, hence the reliance.

    RSS Reader? Depends how you want it. There are several readers built into Outlook if you use that (although I guess not if you're trying to uninstall IE :), and some decent open source things like RSS Bandit, NewzCrawler and Omea, although they all use the same UI layout as feeddemon.

    Not sure about stuff for Macs.
    • CommentAuthorpi8you
    • CommentTimeJun 24th 2008
     (2018.16)
    Personally, I use the feed reader built into Opera, works great for me, treating each update like a mail message, which in turn lets me take advantage of the filtering system to dump/split feeds into specific categories. Plus its fast to search through, is one less app to install(for me anyways), and is multiplatform.
    • CommentAuthorMaC
    • CommentTimeJun 24th 2008
     (2018.17)
    I'm on a PC and Firefox 3.0. I think I got the Newgator thing working again by re-installing IE and then the Newsgator Desktop app. There are some drawbacks like links in the newgator window opening in IE, but I like getting a full post that just pops up above my system tray for me to glance at/scroll through without leaving the window I'm in.
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  6.  (2018.19)
    http://www.shyftr.com/