Cliqset.com is a social identity platform that allows users to merge the content from all of their social networking sites into one information stream. Users can also push updates out to their social networking sites using the service. Cliqset.com can interact with over 70 of the most popular social networking sites on the web. Users can import their contacts from Google, Plaxo and Yahoo to get started, plus search for people who are already using Cliqset. Setting up all of the user's services is a simple task as well, with a dialog for each service which allows the user to select what content to import from a given service and whether or not to allow Cliqset to update that service.
The site also offers applications which help the user to keep track of their real-time social presence on the web. Cliqset Air uses Adobe Air to provide a desktop interface to the Cliqset service. Another application is Boxee, which allow Cliqset users to interact with TV discussion site Boxee's users in real-time. The Cliqset API has also been made available to developers, and their update stream is available in several formats. Users can control who sees their updates and content through a set of permissions that the user defines on the Cliqset site.
Jacksonville, FL-based Cliqset was launched in 2008 by Darren Bounds and Charlie Cauthen. Darren Bounds currently serves as President, while Charlie Cauthen serves as Vice President. Angel investment funding was provided by Derek Mercer. Cliqset.com was closed in December 2010.
Competition to Cliqset comes from sites such as FriendFeed and Streamy. FriendFeed primarily focuses on integration with Facebook, Google and Twittr, while Streamy offers a service more like Cliqset. But Cliqset offers integration with more social networking sites out of the box than either service.
Once setup, updates to all of the user's social working sites are easy to issue, as is viewing the content stream from all their sites. Navigation is intuitive, with a convenient top menu bar provided for the various pages on the site. The Cliqset Air and Boxee desktop applications functioned correctly and are easy to use as well. There is no advertising displayed on the Cliqset.com site.
Registration to Cliqset.com is free and is required to use the site. The registration process asks for username, password, first and last name and email address. Validation of the email address is not required.
Free account holders have access to all features of the site, and there is no premium membership offered to the site.
Cliqset.com is recommended to anyone who belongs to multiple social networking sites and is looking for a solution to consolidate all of their online content. Its real-time nature makes it an ideal aggregation platform, and the more social networks the user belongs to the larger the advantages provided by the site. The service is easy to setup and use, and can indeed be used to manage all of the user's online content.