Color me so not a fan of Facebook. Yes, it’s nice to know what friends and family are doing every minute of the day.
The problem is that Facebook is annoying, distracting, and takes time away from other tasks. It’s also a good source of inane information. Facebook is free but stuck inside my browser which has a few dozen open windows and tabs. Set Facebook free with a Mac app.
The Cool Stuff Missing In Facebook
My obsession with using the Mac App Store to find cheap, useful apps doesn’t appear to have waned despite that notice from my credit card company that not all Mac apps are created equal.
Facebook can be your fun family friend, but it needs some kind of control mechanism.
Enter Clarity, the cheap Mac app that brings the Facebook stream to your Mac and adds a few must-have functions that actually improve the Facebook experience.
The biggest Facebook problem I face is competition with other open browser windows and tabs on my Mac.
That means I have to hunt down the Facebook browser window to find out what’s happened since I last tracked down the Facebook browser window. Hello? Where’s the official Mac Facebook app?
Do More, Pay Less
What are the top Facebook features we know and use the most? The news stream and photos. Clarity brings both into a clever Mac app, adds a couple of other useful functions, and sells the whole package for less than a trip to Starbucks.
News is there. Photos are there.
Clarity then adds Bookmarks so you can bookmark a particular post and come back to it later. Fast Previews is handy for YouTube and TwitPic links. Click and the video or image opens in Preview mode.
Clarity also comes with filters to clean up and sort the news stream, adds a few privacy options (write a status that’s only displayed to a select group of your friends).
Groups of friends can be managed with a few clicks using friends lists (a function not easily found in Facebook using a browser).
Unlike Facebook in a browser window, Clarity comes with notifications, too.
There’s the typical notification within the Clarity app, of course, but also in the Menubar, your Mac’s Dock icon, and, if your Mac is so endowed, Growl notifications.
Clarity has a lot to like. It’s clean and neat, with just the right blend of features. What it needs is more profile browsing detail, and the ability to display profile photo albums. Plus, not all your friends may get imported (depending on their security settings). Otherwise, well done, considering the price. Alas, there’s no trial version and Clarity is only available on the Mac App Store.