Apple introduced a new notifications feature to OS X with Mountain Lion, and software developers have been finding new and interesting ways to integrate their applications into it. For Facebook and Twitter, this integration is actually built-in to the operating system. Not only can you link your Facebook and Twitter accounts, but you can also use the Notification Center to send status updates with no third-party software required.
Here’s how to get it done.
- Open System Preferences.
- Select Internet and Wireless, then Mail, Contacts and Calendars.
- Select Twitter and sign in to your Twitter account.
- Select Facebook and sign in to your Facebook account.
- Click Show All to go back to the main System Preferences menu.
- Select Personal, then Notifications.
- Refine your notification preferences using Change How Notification Center Alerts You in OS X as a reference (if desired).
This should get you started. Once you’re set up, you can see @replies and direct messages in your Notification Center panel on the right side of your OS X desktop. You can even tweet and update your Facebook status through the Center by opening Notification Center and selecting Click to Post at the top of the section.
There are some limitations to this feature. I can’t find an easy way to add a photo to the status update (or tweet). I’m also not entirely sold on the conversational aspects of these services through this particular platform. It’s difficult to keep up with who’s saying what at times. Still, it works well enough to give you quick and dirty access to sending an update out to your followers in a pinch.
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