The Internet can be an addicting place. Loads of sources full of information. Some good, some bad, some accurate, others… well you know. So how to narrow some of this information down to a more manageable size is a good question. You can setup an iGoogle page with a number of widgets and links as an all in one place. But what if you prefer not to leave your browser open.
Recently I found myself in that similar situation. I had a number of sources that I wanted to view data from but did not want to spend hours on end surfing each site. Twitter is one such source, other include RSS, eBay, Foursquare, LinkedIn just to name a few. Well, after a little searching, I came across a recommendation for Seesmic for handling such a job. I was a bit doubtful at first as my earlier experience with the software did not catch on with me. I downloaded the current version (Seesmic Desktop 2) and was pleasently surprised. This new version is based on the Microsoft Silverlite platform.
There are a number of plugins available to handle a variety of tasks and sources including business applications. But that is not all, one big plus to me was being able to choose a smaller font size, one that works on a 1024×768 screen. (Yes, its an old laptop) I found that this was not handled well in another Adobe Air based Twitter application. Another cool feature is being able to change the background color or image. Allows one to really customize their install.
For my install, I use it to connect to 2 Twitter accounts and my Google reader account. I also use it to browse some other RSS sources that I have not added to my Google account. Yes, there are some little odd bugs here and there but nothing I considered to be a show stopper. Updates come out fairly regularly. You can tweet from any account. Seesmic is an easy to use application as well. Add favorites to the account of your choice as well as view other information in a nice clean interface. Have you tried Seesmic Desktop 2? What did you think?
Snapshot of my install. I created a new background simply by adding an image to the backgrounds folder of Seesmic. Azusa is keeping a watchful eye over the activity.