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3 tools to help you manage Twitter & Facebook

These websites make it easier to update multiple networks

No time for Facebook or Twitter? Don't worry, these websites will keep your multiple social networking profiles updated without you having to log-in to each one separately.

Pixelpipe

When I tested it, Pixelpipe supported more than 80 connections (and had increased to 95 while this article was being edited), more than either of the other two services reviewed here (although it was missing support for two that I use all the time: LinkedIn and Plaxo).

I also found Pixelpipe to be the most usable when it came to sending different types of information to these connections. For example, you can set up a group of photo-sharing sites, another made up of blogging sites and a third group that has mostly status updates - and then send different content to each group at different times.

On its 'My Pipes' screen the service keeps track of each connection that you have set up, and you can easily change the settings or disable a connection if you need to. It also shows you what content you most recently added and when it was uploaded to each connection.

For backup purposes, I routinely update a series of different blogging platforms with the same post that is mostly text with a few links, and Pixelpipe is ideal for this. It can even be configured to post to a hosted Wordpress blog (meaning one that is running on your own domain and own server), once you enable the XML-RPC update feature in the Wordpress Writing options. Note that this feature is only found on hosted Wordpress blogs and not on those blogs that are created on the Wordpress.com site itself.

Of the three services, I liked the user interface and controls of Pixelpipe the best. The blogging updates worked well and were posted almost instantaneously on my Wordpress, LiveJournal www.livejournal.com and Blogger sites.

It uploads multiple videos and photos at one time too, and you can pick and choose your sites by simply checking off which ones you want to submit to in its 'Quick Post' screen. You have the ability to add titles, captions and tag your photos too, another nice touch.

Pixelpipe's Quick Post screen lets you check off which services you want to submit to.

The one drawback to Pixelpipe is that, because you can load up so many different connections, you can quickly forget which one is which when the time comes to post your content to them. This is because most of the popular sites are only identified with a small icon and your user name; you will find yourself switching back and forth with the main portal screen to decode the icon if you want to select only a few of your connections.

Pixelpipe also has a lot of software tools to help you with your posting needs. It was one of the first services to support Google Android phones, and there is also software for iPhones and Nokia handsets as well.

There is a Firefox extension and software that works with Picasa and Adobe's Lightroom desktop editing software too. You can email messages and files to your connections by using a special email address. And the software is available on Mac, Windows and Linux systems, always a good idea.

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