Facebook is easily accessible on browser but in case you don’t want to open that, then you can try free desktop tools through which you can read Facebook status updates on desktop. If you are trying to cut your visits to these social networking sites to focus on your other tasks, then this kind of desktop tools are very helpful as many of them have the desktop notification feature. This notification feature will popup a message whenever you get updates on your Facebook account.
As Twitter, Foursquare etc. are also very popular, many desktop tool applications has the ability to handle these services as well. But here we are talking about Facebook, so some of the tool are for FB only.
[ad id='9' style='float:left;margin:10px 10px 10px 0']1. TweetDeck – The most popular desktop tool for Facebook, Twitter and other social networking sites. This is an Adobe AIR based application and you can install Tweetdeck on Windows, Linux and Mac OS systems without any problem.
2. Seesmic – Another desktop tool for Facebook updates. Your Facebook wall updates, messages etc are visible almost real-time on this platform.
3. Fishbowl – Sleek desktop tool for Facebook updates.
4. Facebook for Desktop – Adobe AIR based application with fade out effect for desktop notifications.
5. Yoono Desktop – It works for instant messaging services as well and also shows FB updates.
6. F!acedeck – Silverlight based application and work on Windows as well as Mac. You can also use this app for FB chat and Inbox.
7. Sobees Desktop - Another awesome tool to get updates from Facebook, Twitter, MySpace and Linkedin.
In above list, some of them are Microsoft Silverlight based as well and if your Windows or Mac is having Silverlight, you can install these tools over there.
The downside of these desktop tools are that you can’t use Facebook apps over here. But if you are looking for a way to get desktop notification for your Facebook account status updates, then Desktop tools will definitely help you do that.