When it comes to popular services like Gmail and Facebook there are a wide range of extensions available to make their appearance look a little nicer, but the free Pokki app takes an even more interesting approach to this. Instead of skinning the services in-browser like the extensions do they have their own Windows desktop app that can be used to download other standalone apps for Gmail, Facebook, Grooveshark, Tweeki, Instagram, and several others. As you can see in the screenshot above they’ve spent a lot of time simplifying the interface to only provide the features that users need the most.
I view Pokki as the next generation of gadgets/widgets. They don’t offer the full experience of the original websites, but they do cover 90% of what most people use on a regular basis. Here’s a screenshot of the featured Pokkis that are available:
The only thing you have to keep in mind when using these Pokkis is that each one tends to use 30-50MB of memory, but that’s not too bad if you only end up using a few of them.
Pokki Homepage (Windows only; Freeware)