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Unity Gwibber Lens (Place) For Ubuntu 11.04

Unity Gwibber Lens

Firstly, a short introduction of "Lenses" via the Ubuntu wiki: "Lenses used to be known as Places. When referring to code and APIs we still use the term Places, but the user-visible name is Lenses. The Places name will be retired in 11.10".

I've recently came upon a very interesting Unity Lens for Gwibber developed by Ken VanDine and couldn't wait to try it but it didn't really work until the latest Unity update released a few hours ago. You can use the Unity Gwibber Lens to quickly access your Gwibber posts, replies, private messages and so on. And it also comes with a search.

CloudSN: Google Reader, Identi.ca, Facebook Or Any RSS Feed Notifier (And More) With Messaging Menu Integration

CloudSN Ubuntu

CloudSN (Cloud Services Notifications) is an application similar to Specto (which is not maintained anymore): it can display notifications when you have new emails (POP3 and IMAP), new Identi.ca messages, Google Reader unread items or it can watch any RSS feed for changes. It used to also work with Twitter but since Twitter introduced OAuth for all apps, CloudSN stopped working with Twitter (hopefully it will be fixed soon).

Since CloudSN supports any RSS feed, it can be used for many services, not just regular websites. You could for instance add your Facebook RSS feeds (<-- click to read on how to get various Facebook feeds to use in CloudSN or any RSS feed reader; once you have the Facebook RSS feed URL you want to receive notifications for, add it using the RSS News option in CloudSN) and instantly get an Facebook RSS notifier with Ubuntu Messaging Menu integration.

Install Qwit 1.1 Pre 2 In Ubuntu, Now With OAuth Support [Identi.ca And Twitter Client]

Qwit Twitter Identi.ca client

Qwit is a cross-platform (works on Windows and Linux - any desktop environment) Twitter / Identi.ca client written in Qt4. The application was recently updated (currently version 1.1 pre 2) to support OAuth and comes with http-proxy support, customizable interface, Twitpic support, a lot of URL shorteners, multiple accounts support and other features.

Post The Song You're Listening To In Rhythmbox To Twitter Or Identi.ca [Rhythmbox Microblogger Plugin]

Rhythmbox microblogger

Rhythmbox MicroBlogger is a new Rhythmbox plugin which sends the music you're listening to on Twitter, Identi.ca or any StatusNet account.

The song format is completely edibable and it also lets you edit the message to be posted so you can add context or other miscellaneous details before posting.

I found out about Rhythmbox MicroBlogger the day Twitter introduced OAuth only for all clients and Rhythmbox MicroBlogger didn't have OAuth so this post has been pending since then. But today, Rhyhmbox Microblogger finally got OAuth for Twitter so it works again!

Gwibber Now More Social Then Ever [Ubuntu]


I suggest you don't install the latest version of Gwibber from it's daily PPA because it's very unstable. In this post I just wanted to show you the above screenshot, which is from jorge’s stompbox (I couldn't get all 3: Idendi.ca, Twitter and Facebook statuses in the same screenshot because of too many Twitter updates).

If you really really want to install it, here is Gwibber daily PPA: https://launchpad.net/~gwibber-daily/+archive/ppa

Gwibber 2.0 Prototype Released

gwibber 2.0Gwibber is an open source microblogging framework and desktop client for GNOME developed with Python and GTK+. The Gwibber backend is a stand-alone daemon that manages updates and retrieves stream data from social networks.

Gwibber currently has support for the following services:

* Twitter
* Identi.ca/Laconi.ca
* FriendFeed
* Facebook
* Jaiku
* Digg
* Flickr
* BrightKite
* Qaiku
* OpenCollaboration (Experimental)

New in version 2.0:

-simple account configuration wizard
-a drop down menu replaces the previous versions tab bar for navigating to replies, etc (in normal mode)
-support for more accounts
-many other additions, improvements and bug fixes

The latest version of Gwibber, 2.0 prototype, is only available in the Gwibber daily PPA. To install it in Ubuntu, open a terminal and run the following commands:
sudo sh -c "echo 'deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/gwibber-daily/ppa/ubuntu jaunty main' >> /etc/apt/sources.list"

You can replace "jaunty" with your Ubuntu version.

Then add the GPG key:
sudo apt-key adv --keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com --recv-keys 72D340A3

And finally, you can install Gwibber:
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install gwibber

If you have an older version of Gwibber installed, instead of the above command, run:
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

Nambu - Best Twitter Client for Mac?

Nambu is a Mac OS X Twitter client application that has the look & feel of great software: design, usability and processes.

You like the directory view?


Or do you prefer the column view? Note the pick-list for the content of a column, it can even be results from a saved search:


If you have ever set up a group in Tweetdeck, you will appreciate Nambu’s search-field:



Need additional information about a Twitterer? Right at you hands:


Cool use-case for the search-feature:


Why integrate 3rd party services – such as URL shortening or picture tweeting – that you have no control over? Here you can see Nambu’s picture service pic.im


…and more important my beloved tr.im for URL shortening:


Btw: I didn’t manage to log-in to tr.im via Nambu using my Twitter credentials but had to use my tr.im account credentials instead.

Okay, so, integrating these 2 services may look a bit Apple-ish, but if it works in a stress-free manner, I am with it… :)

Another nice feature: URLs received from other tweets…


…and URLs sent:


That could be the first step towards a real link repository.

Final screenshot shows the handling of multiple accounts:


Nambu also supports Growl for notification, as well as other messaging services such as Identi.ca and Laconi.ca.

Nambu also features a number of other features that set it apart from its competitors. You can, for example, translate any tweet into English with a simple keyboard shortcut, and you can easily add users to a group from a very straightforward right-click menu. Nambu can also auto-complete the names of users you follow when you write a new message. For real power-users, Nambu also supports more than one Twitter account, and for URL-shortening, it currently defaults to tr.im, which was developed by the Nambu team.

Of course, Nambu is still in its early beta phase, so you can expect things to break now and then. The development team, however, is issuing updates regularly and development is clearly moving ahead swiftly. There are obviously still some bugs in the application, and the latest update, for example, seems to take up more memory than the previous release.

Nambu also offers an iPhone application, and while it's a decent enough mobile Twitter client, we would recommend other options like Twitfone or Tweetie over Nambu on the iPhone platform.

via: RRW and blog.susuh.de