You know what they are. Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, LinkedIn, Instagram, MySpace even, and more on Soundcloud. The problem with all those social destinations is that each wants you to use their own app, or, worse, a web browser tab, and some (Instagram, I’m looking at you) prefer a mobile device only.
Wouldn’t it be nice to have a single app which would let you log in to view or post on the world’s major social networks and platforms? SocialPanel is a free Mac app and does some of that, but I’d be willing to pay a few dollars to avoid the adware and endless stream of hiccups.
SocialPanel stays hidden until you move the Mac’s onscreen pointer (I hate to use the term ‘mouse’ because the mouse is what moves the pointer, and most Mac users don’t use a mouse anyway; they use a trackpad, which moves the onscreen pointer) to the right side of the screen and everything pops up.
The seven or so reasons to love SocialPanel are obvious. Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, LinkedIn, Instagram, Soundcloud, and free. Four visual mades make it simple to use SocialPanel, too. There’s the Desktop mode, fullscreen mode, Menubar popup mode, and the mobile panel mode.
I found that using the side of the screen to bring SocialPanel to the front to be annoying, but mostly because I have other apps that use that screen real estate and they’re more important than online socializing.
Having all those social networks in a single screen is handy, but I couldn’t get Instagram to do anything but view my account and photos; not upload from my Mac (I know, that’s an Instagram thing). And, of course, the popup advertising was annoying, too. Having tried and burned MacKeeper years ago, DiskKeeper just seemed to be too close for comfort. and all of them provided more reasons for Apple to build in an uninstaller for Mac OS X.