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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!
- Week Of Weirdness (warrenellis.com)
- Twitter: A Tea Strainer For A Brewed Brain (warrenellis.com)
- Crush (warrenellis.com)