Too many online accounts? You need an aggregator.
From Twitter to Digg, emails to IM and let's not forget all those social networking sites, its easy to get bogged down just by logging on.
Fortunately, you can keep your online socialite status without sacrificing productivity in the process. If you've got too many online accounts, there's just one thing to do: aggregate them, baby!
The first thing we want to do is pull all of our various lines of communication together in one simple place. Fortunately, Fuser allows you to do just that. You can link a whole range of email addresses, including Gmail, Yahoo!, Hotmail, AOL and even POP3 accounts to Fuser so that when you log in, you see all of your emails in one inbox. Fuser indicates which email came from what account and you can respond or file them away in custom folders you create.
Fuser will also aggregate your MySpace and Facebook accounts so that you can receive your messages and comments from the Fuser interface. And as if that weren't enough, you can also link your Twitter account to keep up with what fellow Twitterers are doing and send new tweets as you like.
It used to be that ICQ and MSN IM were the top ways to chat real-time online. Now there's a whole host of IM providers and if you're like me, you probably have an ID with every single one.
To avoid having upteen different IM windows open on your desktop, you need something that will allow you to manage them all at once.
Enter Pidgin, a downloadable application that works with sixteen - count em, sixteen - IM applications, including AIM, Google Talk, ICQ, IRC, MSN, MySpaceIM, Yahoo! and Zephyr to name a few.
Just download the application, create your account - yes, its free! - and start linking your various IM apps to Pidgin to manage.
For those of you who want to promote your online profile, there's ProfileFly. This web-based service allows you to link to a variety of online profiles, including MySpace, Hi5 and Facebook, along with Twitter, Last.FM, Flickr, your multitude of social bookmarking sites and of course, your blogs, your IM accounts and even various email addresses.
You can add as many or as few as you like and when you're finished, you've got something that resembles a MySpace profile only it ties in all your various social efforts around the web.
The profile is searchable and if you include your email or IM accounts, the public can see them and can use them to contact you.
Definitely not for the shy or anonymous-oriented but if you really want to be the social butterfly, then hey... ProfileFly can certainly help.
Profilatic is another social networking aggregator/promoter but with a lot more flexibility and it works with a whopping 186 social sites plus you can add as many custom sites as you want. It also works with WordPress so you can add a "lifestream" (which is another way of saying profile) to your blog. Profilatic features feeds from your various sources - blogs, twitter, MySpace, etc - and it provides link so that friends and stalkers know where to find you on the web. You can see mine here .
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