Socialite: All Your Social Networks in One Place

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).

Interface

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.

Interface

Interface

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.

DockThe 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.

Quick Send

Quick Send

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.

HUD

Setting Up

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.

The Welcome Screen

The Welcome Screen

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.

Adding a Network

Adding a Network

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.

Preferences

Preferences

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

Twitter

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.

Twitter

Twitter

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.

Quick Controls

Quick Controls

Lists

Lists

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

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.

Flickr

Flickr

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.

Digg

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.

Digg

Digg

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.

Google Reader

Google Reader

Conclusion

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.


  • http://joshboulton.co.uk Josh

    Looks pretty neat, shame I didn’t win it :-( Oh well seems like a decent app – I’ll look into buying it.

    • http://twitter.com/sulcalibur Sulcalibur

      The MUPromo bundle has been extended, you can get it in the bundle there :)

      http://mupromo.com/

  • http://gridironmeanderings.blogspot.com Colin Pekruhn

    It still has a few bugs here and there to work out, which the RM team is working to fix, but overall I really like Socialite. All indications are it will only continue to get better with time, too.

  • http://eugen.io/ Eugenio Grigolon

    I really like Socialite, but they could do several usability improvements such as switch between unread items only and all items; a better management of updates.

    But it have a beautiful interface and a awesome integration with several services.

  • Jen

    I really like Socialite, too. It has replaced NetNewsWire and Tweetie for me. I like the Lists integration with Twitter, something I couldn’t figure out with Tweetie. Could just be user-error though.

    • http://gridironmeanderings.blogspot.com Colin Pekruhn

      Tweetie for Mac doesn’t have list support, so it’s not user error. Tweetie 2.0 is way overdue, as the current version (and Twitterrific for that matter) are way behind on features.

  • http://www.mattyv.com Matty v

    I finally found a Twitter client made for me! Socialite is great -> very clean look, and it feels like it was built by Apple. So far, I’ve really liked the features, though I can’t wait until they open it up for more services.

    Regardless, this app is great, and definitely worth a try if you’re looking for a new twitter/facebook client.

    5 stars from me.

  • http://www.benniemosher.com Bennie Mosher

    Really wish they would have integrated more services into this release. Even an API and an easy way to integrate new services as a plug-in. That would make this application the winner of all social mac apps. Now to wait until this feature is enabled.

  • http://www.rossgardt.de Benedikt

    Just tried to use it with facebook, but the interface is not very user-friendly :-(

    It does not make fun to read comments :-/

  • everlast_34

    The Eventbox icon was waaaaaaaay better.
    I dont even want this one in my doc.

  • http://www.albertkinng.com albertkinng

    I don’t know. I bought it and it feels incomplete. I don’t know for sure to whom is aim to I mean, I thought I was going to use this app and forget about going to those other sites or use those other apps but the reality is that I can search for nothing that it’s not there already, as soon as I click one post and read it or commented it it doesn’t have any back button…?? HELLO?? I need to go back from the beginning and it’s very annoying. Not everything updates as it should and for 20 bucks I feel used as a beta tester … I hope everything works well or this will be a $20 dollars icon in my App folder. :(

  • David Browlowsky

    Although the user-interface is clean, I still hope it will be improved. Comments are not easy to read and you have to check each one separately. The messaging feature is missing.
    It has replaced tweetie for me but I still use facebook notifications which is tiny and useful.
    I am still hoping that a true 100% desktop facebook application with all the features of the web version will be released one day!

  • http://dreadedkilla.deviantart.com DreadedKilla

    I wouldn’t buy for these reasons:

    1. Socialite’s icon could do with a facelift.
    2. Although the 3-service limit is fine with me, I still feel locked in with only 3 services.
    3. It gets mighty slow when it’s trying to handle 500 unread tweets. Left it open overnight and it slowed to a crawl when scrolling. Tweetie was just scrolling at about 10 times the speed of Socialite at that point.
    4. I still think The Cosmic Machine shouldn’t have sold Socialite. Maybe that’s just me because I got a free edition of Eventbox through MacHeist.
    5. Socialite sounds weird, I like Eventbox much better.

  • http://www.matthamilton.com.au Matt Hamilton

    @DreadedKilla

    As far as I am aware, the 3-service limit is lifted when you purchase the product.

    @everyone

    You really don’t like the icon? I think it looks good but a bit too complicated for a dock icon (when small).

  • Sud

    Its an awesome program!!! Replaced Gruml and Tweetdeck!!!
    If only it had support for reddit

  • http://www.kuzenstudio.ru Kiril

    The excellent program, it is possible to try.

  • Adrian

    Free Socilate !

    Just go to this link:
    http://www.macheist.com/calcbot/facebook

  • Adrian

    Free Socialite !

    Just go to this link:
    http://www.macheist.com/calcbot/facebook

  • http://investmentsreviews.com/ investment

    this is only for mac and not for android? I am looking for an android equivalent.

  • http://www.jacrein-club.ru/komplektaciya.html Enot

    Regardless, this app is great, and definitely worth a try if you’re looking for a new twitter/facebook client.

  • http://www.freeuptodatearticles.com/2012/05/26/Considerations-When-Buying-Casino-Quality-Poker-Chips/ pack of 10

    Have you thought about including some social bookmarking buttons to these blogs. At least for facebook.

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