Crème of the Web - Seesmic

Hervé Basset, independent consultant and author of the Science Intelligence blog, reviews SEESMIC, which enables you to keep your social media accounts in one place.

With the expansion of social media services (Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, etc.), it can be increasingly difficult to keep on top of your information flows.  You may need to have several windows open, typically one window per service, and you can easily get lost in a sea of tweets.  It can be overwhelming to keep everything organised and to ensure that you won't miss a critical piece of information. This is one of the biggest challenges of social media - the more you subscribe to new sexy services and tools, the harder it can be to manage the data deluge.  This is where tools like Seesmic can help you.

Seesmic allows users to easily access their social networks in one application, without logging on to individual services. Within a single page, you can view and manage your emails and your tweets, you follow friends notification on FaceBook and groups update in LinkedIn, etc.  With everything on one screen, Seesmic can become your dashboard or your control tower...

Seesmic can be used on your PC, as a web platform or as an application downloaded to your mobile.  You can synchronise your accounts in a simple two-minute process.

Founded in 2008 by the French entrepreneur Loic Le Meur (named as one of the 25 Most Influential People on the Web by Business Week), Seesmic has quickly become one of the most popular social software clients. Although some people might prefer competitors like TweetDeck or HootSuite, Seesmic will delight the everyday user with its ease of use and its fast implementation.

My personal opinion: For social media junkies, Seesmic is one of these cool services which can save you time and make personal information management easier.  

Hervé Basset is an independent consultant.  He blogs at about how information professionals can help scientists manage their information and knowledge resources.