MacHeist asked the popular question, “Anyone want free software?” on their Facebook fan page yesterday, and, as usual, they weren’t being rhetorical. After generating a lot of deeply insightful “yes” answers, they offered a link to download Socialite, a social media aggregator from Real Mac Software. But there is a catch to get Socialite for free.
The Socialite freebie is part of a promotion for Calcbot, a iPhone/iPad caluculator app currently on sale for $0.99.
Combining your social networks in one place, Socialite allows you to check Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, Google Reader, Digg, and RSS feeds, all in one program just in case you hate using a web browser. And why wouldn’t you?
It also includes a function that allows you to post when Socalite is in the background, making it easy to Tweet a link without switching programs.
Now, you don’t have to buy Calcbot to get Socialite, but you do have to “spread the word” on Facebook. Which means, of course, letting MacHeist’s Facebook app have access to your information, like “name, profile picture, gender, networks, user ID, list of friends, and any other information I’ve shared with anyone.”
I probably won’t be taking advantage of this particular Macheist offer, partially because of privacy concerns, but also because I can’t stand seeing messages on Facebook from my friends about the freebies they’re trying to get.