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I've always missed the option to add my instant messaging accounts, in practically all social media clients. A great idea for Ubuntu would be to integrate Empathy into Gwibber but unfortunately there are no plans for this. At least for now.

Luckily, there is a social media client called Yoono which supports instant messaging accounts like Yahoo, GTalk, AIM and MSN, as well as the usual social media websites such as Twitter, Facebook, Myspace, Friendfeed, Flickr, LinkedIn.

Yoono can be used either as a Firefox addon or as a stand-alone application with it's own browser or you can select to open the links in your default browser. Both the addon and the stand-alone client work on Linux, Windows and Mac OSX. I've only tested the Linux version using the built-in browser option because I find it very useful to open the links from Twitter or Facebook in the same application as where I read the tweets / FB updates. Also, I for one don't like using a Firefox addon for this because I usually do other things in Firefox and want a separate app for social media.

You might know Yonoo for a while but I've found out about it yesterday and I'm really liking it so far. Yonoo will probably remind you of Gwibber, as you can see the updates from multiple social media websites in the same stream, but you can also read them separately.

Like any respectable social media client, Yonoo can also be used in column mode which is always great for productivity. However, if you don't care about the IM features, you will probably find Yonoo lacking some features (which depend for each person).

Instead of listing all of Yonoo features in this post, I've recorded a video with the stand-alone Yonoo app running on Ubuntu 10.04:

(the video quality should improve soon - or so says YouTube)

Download Yonoo for Windows, Linux and Mac OSX (either as a Firefox addon or stand-alone app). On Linux, all you have to do is extract the archive and run the "yoono-desktop" file. Additionaly there is also an Ubuntu .deb file (but I haven't tested it).

Special thanks to LinuxFreedomForLive for the heads up on Yonoo!