Jul 10 2008
I decided to research tools that provide site organization and after careful consideration, Yoono was the winner. Yoono is an add-on for Firefox and allows constant updates and direct connection to micro-blog sites and social networks through the use of widgets in a side toolbar and the user’s profile page.
In addition to supporting the following networks and instant messenger programs, Yoono allows users to view their friends’ pages, away messages, and even offers side pop-up notifications for updates from these sites:
One of the unique features is the ability to drag and drop news links into the side toolbar and categorizing the articles as funny, love it or hate it. Yoono also offers music from Last.fm Radio, top rated videos from sites like YouTube and Digg, and the ability to view friends’ photos.
Buzz Meter Ranking: 4 out of 4 Buzz Bees
Positive: Installing Yoono was simple. The steps to integrate all of the social networks and instant messaging services were very user-friendly. Of course the biggest plus to Yoono is the amount of supporting sites and all of the user-capabilities. The side toolbar’s size can be easily adjusted or removed just by hitting Crtl+Alt+y. If you want the side toolbar to magically appear again, all you would do is click on the Yoono button that also gets installed next to your address bar (just like the del.icio.us button).
Negative: If you’re not into Firefox and love Internet Explorer, this tool is not available to you. Although patience is a virtue and the tool offers many features, it takes a while for each social networking website to sync with Yoono (uploading all of your friends – and their current statuses can take forever if you have a ton of friends).
Conclusion: I really like Yoono. I can easily access my friends’ photos, Facebook and Twitter profiles. Aside from what I like, I do wish that Yoono would include more instant messaging services such as Google Talk and Skype – since I use those services quite often. The simplicity of the tool, the way it provides constant updates and instant connections while organizing my favorite social websites, really makes Yoono a winner. Try Yoono, then you’ll know what I’m talking about.