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With Mountain Lion Apple, has baked-in support for social networking services: Twitter, as I record this, and by the fall of 2012, Facebook as well. In addition, Mountain Lion makes it easier to share your data with others via email, the Messages application, and through AirDrop. Let's take a look. We'll start with Twitter integration. You can now add a Twitter account to your Mac and to do that, you go to System Preferences, click on Mail, Contacts & Calendars, and click on the Twitter entry. When you do you'd be prompted for your Twitter handle and your password, and I'll enter that now, and click Sign In.
And here I am. I'm signed in with my Twitter account. At the bottom of this window you see the Update Contacts button. Click it and your Mac will search your contacts for users who also have a Twitter account, and it does this by checking for email addresses and phone numbers that are associated with the Twitter account. I'll go ahead and click Update Contacts, but I'm using a lot of fake contacts and those contacts have no Twitter account, so that's why I have zero contacts updated. In your case it's very likely that you'll add some Twitter handles to some of your contacts.
Now as a mentioned in the movie about notifications, you can expose Notification Center and click in the Click to Tweet area and you can tweet directly from within Notification Center. If you have more than one Twitter account, in the upper-right corner, you'll see a dropdown menu that allows you to choose different Twitter identities. Mountain Lion additionally includes ways to share files and information with others. How it does that depends on the application you're using. Here are a few examples. I will launch Safari, and here's Apple's start page, and at the top of the window you see Apple's Share button.
There are multiple options here, but we care about the last three. We will start with Email this Page. If we choose Email this Page, the contents of the page opens up in a new mail message. All you have to do at this point is address the message, press Send, and the contents of the page are sent to the recipient. You can also send it as a PDF, or you can send it as a link only, and here's our link. Now let's go back to Safari. The next option down is Message. Select that and a Messages window opens, All you have to do at this point is address the message or if you like, you can click on the plus button and choose one of your contacts that you can send through messages.
We'll cancel that. And finally, you can send the contents of the web page through Twitter. When I do that, the contents of the page are appended to my tweet. It tells me that I have only 119 characters left to use because some of the data is taken up with that attachment. I type my Tweet, click on Send, and it appears in my Twitter feed. In this case, I'll click on Cancel. Now let's take a look at the Contacts application.
Within it, I can select a contact and at the bottom of the Contact page, click on its Share button. So let's say James Elmore here. And I have three options here. I can email the card if I like. Choose that. Mail opens. It attaches a vCard that contains the contacts information. I address it, send it, and off it goes. I can also message the card. It works very much like you saw before: address it, send it, and the vCard is sent as an attachment.
And finally, I can also send it over AirDrop. When I do that, a window opens. Now anybody else on my local network that has their AirDrop window open--and this is something I explained in Mac OS X Lion Essential Training-- their name will appear in this window. Select their name, click on Send, and the file will be sent as a vCard attachment that they can open and then import into their own copy of Contacts. Or if they're using Lion, they'd open it up in Address Book. You can even share files within QuickLook.
For example, I'll go to my Pictures folder, select my picture, press the spacebar to bring up the QuickLook, and you see in the upper-right corner the Share button. I click on that and I can email my image, I can send it through messages, I can AirDrop it, I can send it to Twitter, or I can place it on Flickr if I've configured a Flickr account in the Mail, Contacts & Calendar system preference. Again, as Facebook is supported, you're likely to find Facebook in this list of options as well.
Third-party applications sold through Apple's Mac App Store will support Mountain Lion sharing as well. When they do, you'll see the same Share button. Click that button to discover how the application's data can be shared with others. And that's the general idea of social services and sharing under Mountain Lion. When Facebook integration comes to Mountain Lion you'll likely see links to Facebook and notifications, etc., as well as within Share buttons. It should work similarly to what you've seen so far.
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