Note: After writing this review I experienced a series of crashes that nearly made me rethink my recommendation. After following these steps, the problem seems to be resolved and, once again, I’m happy to recommend that you buy this app!
How many social media sites do you use? Do you have trouble keeping track of them? I know I end up neglecting some sites in favour of others simply because I don’t remember to log in to each one every day. Realmac Software, makers of the beautiful Rapidweaver and very useful Littlesnapper have come up with a new program to consolidate all your social media in one place… Socialite.
Socialite allows you to group a load of services together, Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Google Reader, Digg, and RSS feeds (if you’re not a Google Reader user), placing them in the sidebar so that you can keep an eye on them all without having to have multiple programs or browser windows open. If you have Growl installed you can opt to have notifications tell you when new items are downloaded, or just keep an eye on the unread count.
You can either browse each service individually, or see everything in one large feed by browsing the “unread” group. This is a great way to keep up with what’s happening in each of your social circles, but can sometimes be a bit overwhelming when there are a load of alerts coming in from several different sites. I find that I use a combination of specific browsing (e.g. a certain Twitter group) and “unread” reading. If you find something you want to read later on you can save it to Instapaper, and Tweeting about what you’re reading is as simple as choosing “Tweet it!” for the item in question.
Although Socialite is very, very good there are a few things I’d like to see added. Support for LinkedIn would be useful, as would an easy way to manage Twitter lists (at the moment you have to maintain them by going to Twitter.com). The method of marking items as read feels a little clunky, but you can change it so that they’re “read” as you scroll past them.
So, is Socialite recommended? Definitely – I’ve already chosen to buy it and think it’s a great way to keep on top of my social media presences. It’s just £12.77 (+VAT) and is available to buy from its homepage. If you want to try it out first, there’s also a free demo version there!
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