If you want to get these updates but you don't want to open your browser again and again you can use a program like Seesmic for Facebook.
Seesmic for Facebook gives you an easy way to read the latest updates from your Facebook contacts and even update your status.
The way it works is very simple: after giving all of the necessary permissions from your Facebook account to the program, you'll receive a list containing the latest news from your contacts, which will be updated frequently.
Seesmic for Facebook looks similar to the typical desktop clients for Twitter, except that here what you can do is update your Facebook status.
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