I downloaded and installed a plug in from Digsby yesterday. It combines all your email including POP and IMAP accounts, IM accounts, Myspace, Facebook, and Twitter. What I like about it is that I don’t need to go to any of these pages to see what is going on. I have a bubble that pops up on the upper right hand corner of the screen that shows all updates as they happen. This saves me a ton of time. I find Digsby most useful for twitter. For example, as you follow more tweeple on twitter, so does the volume of tweets coming through. There are varying degrees of weight on each tweet. Some are statements. You read, respond, agree or dissagree to them. Some are subjects linking to a much more in depth discussion of those topics. I’m busy during the day. I don’t have time to dive into these particular tweets but I most certainly do not want to miss out on any information I can gleam from these posts. Having Disgby installed lets me see them in real time and decide what to do with them when they come in. I click the links and then hit the thumbs up button in my navbar for stumbledupon. Then read later. Another cool thing the application for facebook does is add a chat function to my facebook page. BTW Digsby will be available for Mac and Linux soon.
All in all Digsby has potential to enable me to do all my microblogging and social networking in one spot. If they add friendfeed to the mix they would be cooking with fire though. For facebook and myspace they have all the navigation features for inbox, comments, posts etc but it still launched your browser to use them. I would like if I could do this right through the interface without ever having to visit the sites.
I’ve yet to check out the Fuser application which mashes up your facebook and myspace inbox but will check that out today.
BTW this post was typed using the Zemanta plug in for Firefox. It studied my keywords and suggested creative commons licensed images, related links, and video as well as links and tags releated to my post. All I had to do was type and click which piece of content I want linked, tagged or included. Awesome.
What’s in your blogging toolbox that helps you connect and share more in less time? Any other tools like Digsby, Fuser, Friendfeed, Zemanta, twitterfox that you suggest?