Want to tell the world you just got tickets to the first day of the Ashes? If you subscribe to more than a couple of social networks, it might take you longer to post all your updates than it did to buy the tickets.
Ping.fm aims to make updates a unified affair: just send your missive to the service and it'll post it to all your networks.
On the Dashboard page (which I found a little overwhelming at first, in part because of all the clutter), just click the posting method you want to use to get the instructions you need, like your unique Ping.fm email address or the Apple iPhone-friendly browser URL.
Ping.fm can automatically take care of things like URL shortening (handy for the likes of Twitter and Rejaw), and it lets you set up posting groups in case you want to hit some, but not all, your networks.
In short, it's a handy little service, one that can definitely save you some time.
Rick Broida blogs for PCWorld.com