[CentOS] Looking for a facebook / twitter desktop-like APP for general use

Wed Mar 2 13:35:26 UTC 2011
Les Mikesell <lesmikesell at gmail.com>

On 3/2/11 2:24 AM, Rudi Ahlers wrote:
> Our church need(ed) to send info to clients "over the wire" in a
> guarenteed fashion. They already have a website, which is
> under-utilized / not visited as often by every one. RSS didn't work
> out as it should / could since many non-IT-savy-folk don't know what
> it it, how it works, or how to use it. Jabber is a no-go for this same
> reason.
> The church needs to send weekly news (events, updates, announcements,
> etc) to their clients. Email doesn't work well since a lot of it gets
> send to spam folder or simply never reach the end users since places
> like Yahoo block anything and everything that doesn't originate from
> their own network. SMS isn't very effective either.

Just pay one of the commercial bulk email/newsletter senders to deliver it. They 
know how to avoid being marked as spam.

> So I was basically looking for something, which works in the same way
> as Google Notify (let's use a different example) which logs onto a
> server, queries the DB for info and displays it to the user. But, I'm
> not a C++ / C# / JS programmer, so I can't write this myself. I hoped
> maybe someone knew of something that I could use, maybe a framework or
> something to build something like this?

Any/all of the examples people of jabber/rss/web server would work on the server 
side.  The piece you are missing is a way to make the user run the appropriate 
client app.

> Someone suggested Adobe Air, but I don't know, or code Adobe Air.
> These guys do something in the lines of what I want:
> http://www.zanews.co.za/category/daily-news/ - if you download the
> desktop player on the right-side you'll see.
> http://www.nuron.co.za/Nuron/index.aspx also has something similar,
> but you need to use their proprietory backend to communicate with the
> end users and they force banners adds onto each client desktop.
> I need something that isn't bound to, or limit within a certain company.
> Maybe I'm asking too much?

Yes, if the end user has to start an app, they could just as easily have an icon 
on the desktop that is a link to your web page.  Or they could put your rss feed 
url into google reader and see it with their web or mobile aggregater. But they 
probably won't do that either.  Email is probably the best shot at something 
where they don't have to start something special.  Maybe you could give out USB 
sticks with apps that will hijack their computers...

   Les Mikesell
     lesmikesell at gmail.com