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A dozen of social networks have graced us with their presence but not all of them stood up to the test of time. Luckily, a small social network called Facebook has what it takes to keep us clinged on and socially addicted to pokes, growing gifts and those weirdly entertaining flash games.

As if it wasn’t enough that I kept being bothered by emails every time my friends decided to comment on my status or tag me in a photo, Facebook has now completely ruined my life and brought my productivity down along with it. They’ve introduced a new menubar application exclusively to Mac OS X — it’s called Desktop Notifications. And it does exactly that.

Like all Mac apps, installing is a piece of cake: drag it to the Applications folder.

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Setting it up takes a few more clicks that usual because it requires you to authorize the app to access your Facebook profile.

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Then I noticed something, perhaps one of the features that will be implemented in the future?

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Once the setup process is through, the app will sit quietly on your menubar until an activity in your Facebook account triggers a notification. The Facebook icon will turn blue if there are unread notifications.

Currently, Desktop Notifications has only 2 purposes. Obviously, one of them is displaying notifications. Whenever a friend pokes you, sends you a game invitation, a message or a gift, asks you to join a network, a clan or be his/her neighbor in Farm Town, etc; you’ll receive a Growl notification. Unlike TweetDeck 8 Useful Adobe AIR Applications That Work In Linux 8 Useful Adobe AIR Applications That Work In Linux Read More (an Adobe AIR application that connects to Twitter and Facebook), Desktop Notifications will not display your News Feed i.e. your friends’ status updates, posted pictures or videos, that sort of thing. This app is streamlined to showcase you. Your notifications. Your messages. Your profile. Your status.

Secondly, it will allow you to update your status from your desktop via a global hotkey, which is set by default to Control+Option+Command+Spacebar. Convenient as that is, it’s not really a breakthrough feature. But let’s not be pessimistic, keep in mind that Desktop Notifications is currently only a beta.

As you can see from the screenshot above, clicking on the menubar icon will bring up a list of recent notifications. Also, it will display a few messages from your inbox. And if any of them are unread, they will be labelled with a blue dot.

If you notice, there are options to read your News Feed, browse your profile and compose a new message but they are basically links. Clicking on any one of them launches your browser and brings you to the appropriate page. I’m actually hoping that the developers will allow us to browse the News Feed (at the very least) in the next version.

After scrutinizing it, I actually like Facebook’s Desktop Notifications, not mention grateful that they haven’t forgotten about us Mac users. The idea as a whole is great and this is definitely an attempt to hook us on Facebook all over again.

Try it out for yourselves! What would you change about the app? Any missing features? Facebook needs your feedback to ready the app for the world.

Lastly, I’d like to take this opportunity to remind you that we’re on Facebook. Check out our fan page and if you’re a fan, join us!

  1. Admiral
    September 14, 2009 at 2:29 pm

    OK, now I can add another 30 min to my Facebook time. :-)

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