I was up last night obsessing over the fact that I always have to open 6 or more tabs to check my social networks, get caught up on the news, and read my email. It's ridiculous to me that there's nothing really good out there for desktop users that can unite those feeds and give you the notifications for all of them. Flipboard, an iOS app, is the best thing I could find that did this in a very nice, easy to read way, but there's no desktop version of that app and it doesn't give you notifications.
Somebody needs to make a website that unifies every social network and email service out there, as well as RSS integration, and display notifications for all of that.
And it can't be based on crap like Adobe Air and it can't be platform specific either. It needs to be a website, a central hub I can visit from anywhere, and check up on my stuff.
I've found a number of sites that seem to address this issue, and while Alternion seems to address this issue the best, it doesn't integrate with Google+, doesn't fully integrate with services like Instagram, its notification system is screwed up, and its design is a bit cluttered and hard to distinguish elements on.
Guess I need to keep searching or create one with a friend of mine.