Wouldn’t it be good to organise all your social networks in one window that sits right on your desktop. Socialite combines the power of Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, Digg, Google Reader and RSS feeds in one convenient location.
Socialite organises your social networks together so you can easily manage all your services. It also allows you to use most of the functionality of the websites within the application (e.g. Twitter’s new ‘Lists’ feature).
The interface of Socialite is sleek – it integrates well with that of the OS and key elements are placed within the interface where you’d expect them to be. The interface changes with each service to best match the content that it provides.
For example, when viewing photos from the Flickr stream, they are set in a film strip type interface that also summarises information about the picture. Whereas on Twitter, tweets look like speech bubbles and have the picture of the tweeter next to them. Because of these visual aids, identifying what service you are in, and what actions you can do with it, become very clear.
All of your social networks are located in the sidebar of the application separated by beautifully made icons that allow you to identify their purpose at first glance. If you happen to have a lot of social networks that you want to add to Socialite – don’t worry! The application features a way to organise your networks into folders, this will be explained further on.
The dock icon for Socialite is constantly updated with the activity of your social networks. This feature saves you a lot of time because you are not constantly checking your window – it appears right there on your dock!
Like a lot of Twitter applications, Socialite has a ‘Quick Send’ menu that will pop-up when you hit your specified keyboard shortcut. The Quick Send window then pops up over the top of all other active windows so you can quickly type out a new tweet or Facebook status and send it.
Socialite features a HUD (Heads-Up Display) mode for people who are short of screen real estate. With the tap of your keyboard shortcut you can bring up a minimalist window that gives you most of the functionality as the main window. This mode will look more familiar to those who are switching from an application such as Twitterrific or even Tweetie.
Setting up your social networks in Socialite is a breeze and takes only minutes before you are fully connected. The initial screen that you see prompts you to click the ‘+’ in the bottom corner of the screen to add your networks.
Once you click this button you are presented with the option to add an account from the list of social networks. As stated before, it also gives you the option to organise them in folders once all have been added to the application.
Socialite connects to the respective websites and joins the two together through a very quick process. It is a simple matter of logging into your account within Socialite and authorising access. It literally only takes a few clicks to get up and running.
Once you are all connected up, it is generally a good idea to go through the preferences so you can tweak the application to your own liking. With Socialite you are given an extensive range of options that control how the program acts, keyboard shortcuts, individual services preferences and integration of photo upload.
To have complete control of URL’s from incoming tweets, click on the ‘General’ icon in preferences and navigate to the ‘URLs’ tab.
Networks and Connectivity
The Twitter integration in the application is fantastic. It supports all those features that dedicated Twitter applications also contain. The interface is stylised in a conversation context that makes it a bit easier to follow. Unlike a lot of Twitter applications, the main window of Socialite is designed to be expanded to a large size. The application retains its look and feel no matter how large or small you make it.
A really nice aspect of Socialite is the Twitter controls that appear next to each tweet. Within this handy little panel you can favourite tweets, send direct messages, replies, flag certain items and even follow/unfollow users.
As mentioned before, Socialite supports Twitter’s new lists feature. Once your Twitter account is added, all the lists that you are subscribed to will appear in the side bar. You can choose to view your lists individually by clicking on the list name or if you wish you can view all the Tweets from your lists in one window by clicking the ‘Lists’ icon in the side bar.
Flickr works quite well in Socialite. Pictures are stylised in a filmstrip graphic so you can instantly identify them. There are three components to the Flickr part of Socialite. ‘My Photos’ will show your recent uploads to Flickr, ‘Contacts’ will show the recent uploads of your contacts and ‘Interestingness’ will show photos that have received a lot of attention and have been marked as interesting over the last day – similar to that of Flickr’s own ‘Interestingness’ web page that will get photos from the previous 7 days.
From Socialite you can directly comment on the photos you are viewing. Similar to the controls that are on the Twitter interface of this application, you can view photos in a larger windowed mode as well as open them in a browser.
Socialite gives you the ability to connect to your Digg account and surf the latest news stories from the website. You can choose to view all of the categories at once, or you can browse just the stories in one specific category. You have the ability to flag items, toggle comments and open the story in your browser if you wish to.
Google Reader and RSS
In addition to all the other social networks, Socialite seals the deal by giving you the ability to add your Google Reader account and RSS feeds. The interface is simple – you can see a summary of your feeds on the top pane, and the full article on the lower pane. As with every other service you can choose to view all your feeds at once or individually.
Socialite is a fantastic application for combining your social networks into one. For those who are constantly swapping between various websites and applications – this is a must have! The application is promising to be a solid favourite among users with a great development team behind it.
The nature of this type of application carries the risk that some users may find themselves going back to applications exclusive to the relevant social networking service because they like to keep their services separated. Are you one of these people? If so, I’d love to hear your thoughts on Socialite.
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