Social Network Tools
- PSB or Facebook for Friends Status Checking
- Facebook Statistics and Studies
- Texting or IMing
- Social Network Tools
To respond to the huge mass of people spending time on social networking sites (Facebook gets as much action as Google itself!), a couple of browsers were built around social networking features. RockMelt is one of these. It was just released, but is not the first browser built around social networking features. Three years ago, Flock did the same thing, but didn't take off. Since one can search for friends on Facebook or search the Net via Bing on Facebook, do chatting, texting, IMing, etc., all on Facebook, these other browsers have their work cut out for them to convince people to look outside of the Facebook arena to meet needs that are already being met.
Yoono is a powerful but easy to use sidebar for Firefox that helps you simplify your online social life by connecting you to Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, Flickr, Friendfeed, AIM, Yahoo IM and more...all in one place. Yoono is also the easiest way to share stuff with all your social networks - share links, images and video from the page you're viewing across all your networks simultaneously. Features:
- Connect to all your social networks and never miss another status update from friends or family. You're connected wherever you are on the web.
- Update your status across all your social networks at the same time.
- All your IM services right in your browser sidebar to easily chat while your surf the web - no more logging on to multiple services.
- Easily share links, images, and video from the page you are viewing with all your social networks at the same time.
Netlog is a youth community where users can keep in touch with and extend their social networks. On Netlog, you can create your own web page with a blog. You can keep your entire friends network in your pocket with the Netlog app for iPhone, iPod Touch and Android. As far as Netlog's interaction with its Yahoo! app is concerned, it really only has two functions: Giving you real-time status updates from your friends, and taking you to Netlog.com. It funnels all your status updates into the Yahoo! app, showing you what your friends are up to: what they're writing, who has become friends with you, what pictures they have posted, and what videos they are watching.
Status Heaven is an app on Facebook. It claims to do this: View all your friends statuses on one page and send your favorite ones to your personal Status Heaven. What we found is that it crashes once you try to use it. Closer to hell than heaven!
Qwalla is a social media and RSS aggregator that allows you to connect with all of your news and all of your friends - All in One Place. Organize your incoming messages into groups: breaking news, Tweets, status updates, etc. You have a ton of incoming messages. Qwalla lets you assign individual RSS feeds and contacts to groups to organize related content in a single view. Follow the latest news, see all your friends' statuses and send your own updates across all your online networks—in one window. You don't have to leave Qwalla to find out what's going on or to say what's on your mind. Features:
- Keep up with your favorite RSS feeds.
- Organize your updates.
- Follow your friends.
- Set your status.
ShoutOut is a voice recognition application designed for texting on touch screen phones. It lets users compose and respond to text messages in natural speech instead of typing. It is available on Motorola Droid.