I got hooked on the concept of Twitter when it took off at SXSW 2007. I don’t often have time to write an essay, but I can generally manage 140 characters. Over time, I’ve tried and tested a number of Twitter-like micro-blogging networks. Jaiku, Plurk, FriendFeed. And social networks like LinkedIn and Facebook allow a similar status update.
Enter Ping.fm. The name pretty much describes the service, allowing you toping your various networks all from one place. Once you gone through and configured your networks, you can enter your update from the web, from a mobile phone or iPhone, or using your favorite instant messenger.
Ping.fm automatically converts URLs to shortcuts. You can post links to Delicious. And you can keep all your various networks up to date.
There is even a custom URL option that will let you use Ping.fm to post a new blog entry on your self-hosted WordPress blog (with this plug-in).
It’s still a young web company, and Ping.fm is still in beta. Fortunately for you, it’s a pretty stable product and as of September, the beta is now open. Check it out.