Social networking has become a part of our life. You probably have accounts in god knows how many social network sites. You tweet, share photos in Flickr, videos in Youtube and do everything in Facebook. Logging into each account everyday can be time consuming and boring. Wouldn’t it be better if you were able to manage all your accounts at once?
Yoono helps you to do just that by letting you access and manage all your social networking accounts in one place. Read on to find out more.
Installation and Getting Started
Yoono is available for Windows, Linux and Mac operating systems. There is even an add on for Firefox and Google Chrome.
But I would advise you to choose the portable version over the addon as third party addons usually do not keep up with web browser updates and sooner or later they might not be supported by a newer version of the browser.
When you run it for the first time, you will be asked to sync your social network accounts with Yoono. To do this, select Add Social Network , and choose from among the supported accounts. You will be asked to login to the respective account.
DO select the “remember me” checkbox.
I ran into some problems here and had to try a few times to get everything properly configured. As always, the initial setup is a bit of a drag.
The basic view of Yoono shows updates and notifications from all open accounts in a single column. You can switch to the different accounts by clicking their respective icons at the top. Click “Open Multiple Columns” (ctrl+alt+c), a little button that looks like an accordion slider to access, add or delete your columns.
Why Try So Hard?
This question might cross your mind when you configure the application for the first time. The answer lies in the myriad of features this application provides.
- Yoono supports various websites such as Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, LinkedIn, Flickr, etc and instant messaging services such as Google Talk, Yahoo Messenger, etc (currently in its Beta form).
- You can view the updates of all your accounts in one place. Click the “All” button on the dashboard to view all notifications such as friend requests, friend list, messages and other updates.
- Multiple accounts per network are supported
- You get popup notifications of updates on all your accounts periodically and this option is configurable.
- You can post your messages and upload photos to all your accounts at the same time. Click on “All Networks” button on the dashboard and voila!
- You can Comment, Like, Reply, Retweet, Hide Users or Apps directly from the app
- Yoono is lightweight and has a good looking UI. You can choose from seven different color themes and four font sizes.
Behold, the Yoono specialty – the ability to organize your friend list in different sites into groups. This will help decrease your browsing time as you will be able to view updates regarding your friends in a particular group separately.
- Go to options and select the “All” tab or any one of the social networking website icons.
- In the “Group” tab, you will be able to create, delete or rename Yoono groups.
- Alternatively, you can select the “More” link on any update and select “Group”.
You can also configure the alerts to show updates from your preferred group. To do this,
- Go to Options .
- In the Pop Up Alerts tab select the “By Group” option and select the respective groups.
- While you are at it, I recommend that you set the time interval between pop ups to at least 10 minutes, unless you want the alert to pop up every few seconds.
What I Like
The information displayed in Yoono is uncluttered and organized. Add to this the ability to customize almost everything in Yoono, you get an app tailored to your needs.
With Portable Yoono you get the “configure once use anywhere” option which is very much necessary for such an application.
What I Don’t Like
While the information displayed may be organized, the configuration options aren’t. Yoono creators, in an effort to cram all its features into as little space as possible, have forgotten to make it user friendly during configuration.
It took some time for me to get used to this app. There is no in built help facility to aid you during configuration. You have to rely on the FAQs at the Yoono website.
Yes, there are other applications that do the same thing, but none come close to Yoono when features are considered, especially, the ever increasing support for various websites.
This app may be considered as a “jack of all trades” but it has nearly mastered them all. No wonder, this application has crossed the five million download mark.
Yoono is a social networking application that allows a person to access and manage all his social networking accounts in one place.7
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