AlertThingy is a news and social network aggregator. It is based on the Adobe AIR framework, so it works on Windows, Mac OS X and Linux computers. The application serves two basic purposes. The first one of them is to provide you with RSS feeds/news. You can add any RSS feed to AlertThingy, and the best thing is that it comes with a graphical database of RSS feeds for you to add. CNN, ESPN, BBC, among others, are the popular suggested networks. After you click on Add, you will see the headlines in the application's main window. The one drawback here is that you don't get full articles, but just headlines. When you click on a headline, you are sent to your web browser to read the full article associated with it.
AlertThingy's strong point is social network integration. You can link it with your Facebook or Twitter account and you can get a number of alerts on your desktop. All you need to do is authorize AlertThingy to use your accounts. If you link your Flickr account, you can easily upload pictures from within the application's GUI. AlertThingy seems to be pretty stable and responsive. Its graphical user interface is eye candy and the support for social networks keeps on growing. The fact that it works on most OSs is just a plus.
- Great-looking GUI
- Lots of available social networks
- Lots of features
- RSS feeds are only headlines