What is the problem with having an account on MySpace, Facebook, Tumblr, Pownce ect? You have to update each account manually, one by one. Thank goodness Ping.fm is around to take the hassle out of individually updating your status on these social networking, publishing platforms.
Ping.fm is a service which makes updating your social networks a breeze. You can update your status from anywhere using AIM, GTalk, iGoogle, WAP, iPhone, SMS and E-mail. So far, the services Ping.fm supports are Xanga, Plurk, Plaxo, MySpace, LiveJournal, LinkedIn, hi5, facebook, brightkite, blogger, bebo, twitter, tumblr, pownce, Mashable and Jaiku. This pretty much covers the gamut in terms of popular social networks/publishing platforms right now.
The service is currently in beta, but if you would like to signup and give it a try, use the beta code “tastyping” and this will allow you to create an account.
Once inside Ping.fm, you’ll see a list of social services. In order to automatically ping these services through Ping.fm, you’ll need to setup each individual account. This mostly consists of typing in your username and password for each service. While setting up your account, you can choose whether to use that specific service for Status updates for for micro blogging.
According to Ping.fm,
Facebook, Twitter, Myspace, and LinkedIn do status. If you are using these services, you should be doing status updates.
If you were using blogger, livejournal, pownce, and tumblr, you would be doing a microblog.
It is very unlikely you would want to send the exact same message to a microblog and a status service. Even if you wanted to update both, the wording of the message should be different.
Ping.fm also has something called a Trigger system. The trigger system gives you the ability to post to specific services without broadcasting to all of them at once. When crafting your message within the Ping.fm web interface, keep these triggers in mind:
@s message – Posts a status update
@b title^body – Posts a blog
@m message – Posts a micro-blog
If you are posting a blog, be sure to include the ^ seperator in your message or it won’t be delivered to your blogging services.
As far as links go, if you don’t want your links shortened, you can put a * before the link. Links shorter than 20 characters will not be shortened no matter how hard you try.
When testing out the service using my Twitter account, I noticed it took at least 60 seconds for the post to show up. However, once the Ping.fm queue was processed, the message showed up within Twitter with no problem.
For those of you with multiple social networking accounts, this service is most likely a god send. The Ping.fm team has vowed to continue to add support for new services as they become popular. A good example of this development is their recent added support for Plurk and MyMashable. Considering you can configure a number of different tools to post updates, keeping everything synched up between the different sites and services should no longer be a problem. Excellent tool to use if you are a blogger with a substantial social networking profile.