I am a tech person. More specifically, I am a social media whore. For personal and for business, I have profiles practically everywhere.
Unfortunately for me, my internet-hooking ways brought me to a point that I have trouble managing it all. Leaving a browser open constantly to run multiple tabs or various applications open at a time means I have to constantly change my status when I step away from my desk or people think I’m online all the time. (Though the latter is true some days.)
At first I just wanted to manage my email accounts. For some reason, Outlook has never worked properly on my computer. I went looking for a program that allowed me to sign into all of my email at the same time, regardless of its POP3 or IMAP status. In the end, Gmail was my solution. It allowed me to forward all of my other email accounts, label them, and then put them in folders. Add in the calendar, contacts, reader, profile, talk, and other features; I was in heaven-for a minute. Because I was still left without a way to manage everything else.
When it came to social media, I first looked at Yoono to manage everything but the set up was confusing. I had to manage it with a browser open and a sidebar in that. I couldn’t just use a desktop bar icon.
For instant messaging, I thought that Meebo was my answer. It has the icon I wanted and ran in a browser with options for pop-out windows. The problem came when I realized that there was a significant lag and it interfered with using any of the individual accounts (particularly Facebook).
Facebook offers its own set of frustrations. You set up a personal account and can link it to your created business or fan pages but applications are only eligible to be used on one of your pages. Not to mention, the atrocious operating level of their chat.
Finally, my desire to answer the social media/ instant messengers/ email dilemma let me to Trillian.
It is compatible with practically everything from Windows to your iPhone or just the web. There is even a version for Mac coming soon! It doesn’t require that you use a particular web browser. You can store the files externally and use them on a different computer if needed.
First, I connected every single email account: business, personal, POP, IMAP, you name it! Then I was able to add Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Orkut, Google, and Behance without any problems. After that was adding in all my various instant messenger services. The most important of these to me- Skype, this is the one service that no other can match. Trillian handles it all beautifully. It sends push-notifications when you have messages and shows you updates. You hear a sound to alert you (even for emoticons!), in addition to the pop out screens.
If there is an action taken, it alerts me and I am able to link back to the original program to view it better. Trillian works perfectly for what I need right now. It automatically signs in as a desktop bar icon, but I can open it to a side menu with ease to view everything wonderfully. You can keep everything docked in the task bar or just drag it out to look at further.
It isn’t often that I rave on and on about anything in particular but sometimes, you find something that is so surprising that you have to tell everyone you know.
So Trillian, how I love thee, let me count the ways!