Friday, May 06, 2011

View Your Facebook Feed In Real-Time On Your Desktop With FlipToast

I, like many others I know, spend an obnoxious amount of time on Facebook. It's simple math, really. All my friends hang out on Facebook, along with their likes and dislikes, discussions about current events and the latest news, and things like status updates and pictures. Throw in things like addictive games and brand pages centered around everything I have an interest in and, yeah, that equals a lot of time spent on Facebook.

And when I say on Facebook, I mean on Facebook, because let's face it, there isn't a great desktop alternative out there.or is there? In this article, I'm going to show you FlipToast, which, as strange as the name may be, is actually a decent desktop app for Facebook.
What Is FlipToast?

FlipToast is a dynamic Facebook desktop client for Windows and Mac that offers a quick and easy way to stay connected with your Facebook friends. Unlike other clients that are out there, FlipToast provides essential Facebook user interface elements, like live notifications and chat functionality.


It is designed to notify you about everything related to or going on with your Facebook profile, and it gives you updates in real-time. Whether a friend comments on your Facebook status, tags you in a photo, or adds you to an album, you'll be updated.

FlipToast is also designed to be distraction-free. You can keep the sidebar and corresponding chat window in any corner of the screen to have for reference while completing other tasks. With the chat functionality, you have the option of going offline at anytime.

The photo sharing and uploading feature is also really cool. All you have to do to share a photo on Facebook with FlipToast is drag and drop it onto the application, then you can specify what album information you would like to input and begin uploading.

Also, FlipToast presents an easy way to view your news feed, as all of your recent updates are displayed just as they would be from Facebook itself.

The short video below will further illustrate the usefulness of FlipToast as a desktop client:

How To Use FlipToast

After you install FlipToast, it will sit in your system tray, allowing you to bring up the sidebar, stop and start the display of desktop notifications, and do things like update your status, post photos, and more.

The sidebar, which I said you could move around, will be on the right side of the screen by default. You can change its position in the settings, however. The Facebook Chat option will also be disabled by default, but you can simply click it to enable chat functionality and view your online friends.

If you've got something important that you're working on, like, say, an article for your blog (wink, wink), you can turn live notifications off to temporarily stop getting messages. You can also shorten the notification fade out time to make messages distraction free.
Conclusion

FlipToast is definitely the best desktop Facebook client that I've seen. You can do a lot with it that other clients don't allow and being able to access your Facebook chat alone is a great feature. If you spend a lot of time on Facebook and would like to take those interactions away from your browser for a while, I recommend you check out FlipToast. What do you think of it?
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