My teenage son and daughter tell me I’m way too geeky and old to fully understand social networks and why they’re such a big part of everyone’s (read: younger people) lives.
Maybe so, but I know value when I see it. And I understand that time can disappear quickly, so the tools we choose to use on our Macs should be chosen with care. Take Facebook. Please.
Quick, Cheap, Easy. Pick Any Two
My wife and I must be old dawgs in a younger social network crowd. We knew Facebook before it was cool. You know, back when Facebook was just an open window in a browser on your Mac.
Today, Facebook is everywhere and on every device and with many different, well, faces.
There are iPhone and iPad and Mac and PC and and Android apps that do whatever is possible for Facebook to do; faster, easier, funner.
This is the tale of three ways to get to Facebook. Free. Almost free. Get a second mortgage. The free way is not necessarily the free way. Use Facebook in the browser window and there’s plenty of Facebook’s tricks you could miss.
The browser is cheap, though. And it’s easy. It’s just not as convenient as the almost free app to get to Facebook.
Facebook In The Menubar
Open up the Mac App Store app and enter Facebook in the search field. What you see is what you get. Everyone and his brother is working on a Facebook app to make Facebook easier to use.
One of the more convenient is FaceBar. There’s a hint in the name. Your Mac’s Menubar is where FaceBar resides. It’s a simple app made by folks who make a number of inexpensive iDevice-like apps.
FaceBar resides in the Menubar. Click it, and you get much of what Facebook users need in a simple, pop-down window.
You won’t need to dig through a bunch of browser windows to find Facebook. It comes to you with a click. You get just the basics—the news feed, friends, the inbox, and handy notifications.
It’s cheap, but there’s no try-before-you-buy option. Mac App Store only.
Flirt With Facebook
Spending more money gets you more from Flirt. It’s try-before-you-buy, and you’ll need to. Flirt gives you far more control over your Facebook account.
Create, edit, or cancel events. Invite friends to your page with ease, using a special search filters. You can even import fans from an email list, and you have access to your Mac’s Address Book to invite others to your Facebook page.
Think of all the things you can using Facebook in a browser window, and Flirt does more. It’s like iPhoto for your Facebook account.
Create pages, set up groups, manage your bio, control links to others, and get quick access to your friends in an iPhoto-like display of Facebook faces.
Updates are easy, post to your friends’ wall, even like posts without using a browser or logging into Facebook. Flirt makes it all easier, faster, more automatic.
If Facebook is where you spend plenty of time each day, then you’ll need the tools that do more to save you time. That’s what Flirt does. It’s not an easy app to master, but you’re already spending plenty of time on Facebook. Flirt isn’t a cheap Mac app, but at least you can try it out first.