If you have a lot of accounts from different social networks and online services (like me), then you may find it clunky to logon to various websites, email accounts, and chat applications just to keep you updated with your social circles or message someone from your contacts. This is hard to manage and totally time consuming. Luckily, there are tools that can help you organize these accounts more efficiently.
Digsby: IM + Email + Social Networks
Digsby is my ultimate weapon of choice for tracking my online stuff. It’s a chat client, email client, and social media manager rolled into one neat application. Updates from your social media are displayed real time through a popup. You can manage your contacts from different chat applications and message them on the fly. You can even check your notifications and Timeline if applicable to your accounts. It also comes with an email feed which has shortcuts to common features like open, delete, and mark as read. Digsby hosts a wide array of platforms:
- Windows Live
- Facebook (of course)
- POP Email
- IMAP Email
With Digsby, it won’t be necessary to open a web browser or another chat client (Except if your’re using Skype XD).
HootSuite: Social Network Management
If your only concern is managing your social network accounts, then Hootsuite may satisfy your needs. It features a dashboard style of presentation, organizing each account into tabs and each feed into streams. A stream may display marks when you receive new updates like posts, photos, and messages. I tried this when TweetDeck removed its connectivity with LinkedIn which is such a shame. Other than the default social network sites supported by the application, it also features an app directory which acts like a plugin to provide more connectivity to your other online accounts like youtube, tumblr, even RSS feeds which is great now that google reader will shut down by July. Not all of the apps are free though. The supported platforms are listed below:
- Facebook (duh)
- Google+ Pages (Only the pages feature, not the actual stream)
- WordPress (See you your posts as well other blog posts from your subscription)
- Mixi (Popular social netowrk in Japan)
- App Directory (Youtube, Tumblr, RSS, Instagram, Evernote, and a lot more)
The main application of Hootsuite is web-based, but mobile versions are available for iOS, Android, and Blackberry.
With these tools, you can follow your online accounts across different platforms in one convenient and organized space. However, remember to utilize its features to increase your efficiency and not to reduce your productivity. (~^_^)~