Facebook now available on your desktopSimple status updates from makers of Twhirl

17 March 2009

Seesmic Facebook screenshot

Users will no longer need to log in to Facebook to post status updates, as the world's most popular social networking site now has its first desktop application.

In January Which? reported on the meteoric rise in popularity of 'micro-blogging' service Twitter. In response, Facebook has already changed its homepage design to show a 'real-time stream of posts from your friends and connections'. 

There's also the new Facebook Publisher bar, which lets you publish your status, links, photos and videos to your Facebook contacts, emulating the functionality of Twitter clients.

Twitter has a variety of desktop clients available, meaning that users can choose their favourite interface for tweeting. Two of the most popular, Tweetdeck and Twhirl, both use Adobe's free Air platform, although this does require users to download both the 15MB Air installer and their chosen desktop client.

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First Facebook desktop client

Seesmic, the company behind Twhirl, has now unveiled the first Facebook desktop client, based on the same technology. According to its makers, Seesmic for Facebook runs on both PC and Mac, and the preview beta version is now available for free download. More details are available at seesmic.com/facebook. Seesmic also claims to be imminently developing a client which integrates both Facebook and Twitter into one application.

Which? also has reviews of social networking websites, plus a guide on how to set up a blog.

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