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    Comments are open on this post.  Just click on the post number at the bottom of the entry.

    What I really need is that One Desktop App To Rule Them All, if you'll forgive the horrific nerd reference.

    My poor choking laptop runs Windows XP.  I like a good Adobe Air app, though I do have horrible Silverlight too.  I run Chrome, which is fast and light, but I don't want Google Reader open in a tab all the time.  I want realtime notification of what's happening.  And I don't want to be running half a dozen apps to do it.  Which, yes, sounds petty and all first world problems, but this is 2010 and there should be a single desktop app that captures all this stuff for me.

    I thought Seesmic Desktop 2 was close. It gave me Twitter, Facebook and Google Reader as realtime streams with nice little notifications that popped up on the right hand side there, and then nicely went away again. It didn't have plug-ins to reach some services I would have liked, but it was a good start. And then the Google Reader plug-in borked, and I can't fix it. Multiple reinstallations and it just won't work.

    I've seen others that were almost it. Some that combine Twitter and Tumblr, which is good, but didn't handle anything else. Growl looked like a possible, but fuck me that's a lot of shit to install. Cliqset looked like it might be It, since it apparently handles 80 services -- but they've hidden their desktop app too deep for me to find, and recent news suggests they're having a little trouble.

    Hootsuite? $5.99 a month? Bugger off. Lazyscope wouldn't even authenticate my Twitter account.

    I'm testing Tweetdeck, which is a clever thing, but, again, no Google Reader function. Same with Digsby and Sobees.

    I want that One Thing that brings Twitter and fucking Facebook (including ability to post to my "fan" page there) and Google Reader and Tumblr and maybe even Flickr to my desktop in realtime, so that I can see everything, everywhere, and therefore control the world. Or something.

    Suggestions are gratefully appreciated!

    • CommentTimeDec 4th 2010
    And if anyone knows of a mac version of this holy app, I'd appreciate it as well.
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    If it's Air, then it'll work on Mac too.
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    I don't know if your Alert Thingy inquiry on Twitter was answered earlier or not, but if it was related to this, you can apparently still get v3 via CNET's here. Mind you, I haven't actually used it.
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    It was completely buggered.
    • CommentAuthorkperkins
    • CommentTimeDec 4th 2010
    @oldhat Socialite seems to do all this on OSX. no tumbler though
    • CommentAuthorSteerpike
    • CommentTimeDec 4th 2010
    For Mac, Robert B in comments said Socialite (formerly Eventbox). Costs USD 9.95.
    • CommentAuthorkperkins
    • CommentTimeDec 4th 2010
    Socialite has a free ad supported version.
      CommentAuthorCat Vincent
    • CommentTimeDec 4th 2010 edited
    A suggested above, tried Socialite and it's fucking mint! Set up in 5 mins, nice flow, visually striking - way better-looking than Seesmic or Tweetdeck. Most importantly, took in all my Google Reader folders & Twitter lists without batting an eyelid. Also, easily-controllable pop-up event windows. I do believe they'll get my money for this.

    So that solves problem for Mac users... but doesn't help The Guv'nor.

    (Though I remember Josh Ellis muttering on Twitter earlier that he might put together an app that does it all to run on Adobe Air...)
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    Have you tried the flock browser yet? Integrated Twitter, FB, and other networks available with addons. It's built on Mozilla, but I've found it to be a very capable web browser.
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    Actually, flock has switched over from Mozilla to Chromium with the new version (at least, whatever I've installed, which I initially installed while in beta, I think). Something about the Twitter/FB integration left something to be desired, last time I messed with it (I want to say that it was a bit clunky and spammish, in that I think it was posting all of the "hey, come help me in FarmWars crap", but that may have changed by now.
    • CommentTimeDec 6th 2010
    I found that tweetdeck set limits on traffic.

    Also, thoughts re blogging, not sure where I'm supposed to post them! Or if should probably keep them to myself - just seems to me that twitter is high impact & low maintenance. The net's quick fix / quick hit - a venting stream, an easy way to entertain and inform - in an age where attention spans are measured in sound bites. Tumblr provides the nicest open space - ease of posting images & text without limit - but doesn't have the speed freak hook that twitter has - great if you don't actually always want that... I used to have a blog but stopped. Tweet instead. Miss blogging. Would like to start on Tumblr before it becomes totally outdated. At it's best I think twitter provides access to people I never would have had the chance to communicate with - literally provides a platform where for a few seconds everyone is equal. I don't think blogging in more than 140 characs will cease in the future at all - occasionally two different audiences, with cross over. (Both readers & writers.)

    Have a warm week everyone.
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    My issue with "God Apps" is that they're never great in what they set out to do because they shoehorn every service through the same channels and spit out feeds that are indistinguishable from one another — and RSS entry looks the same as a Twitter update or a FB status update. I'm still a firm believer of doing 1 thing and doing that 1 thing extremely well instead of trying to aggregate everything into 1 stream which just increases the noise to signal ratio.
    • CommentAuthorjzellis
    • CommentTimeDec 6th 2010
    Yeah, I'll build this for Warren. After I'm done with my other mad project. (The madness is his fault.) :-)