Do you use Twitter? Ofcourse. Do you access twitter through web browser to get notifications? Yes. Then you are missing out some great apps that can provide you the same features as web twitter client. There are numerous of twitter clients for Linux that notify on the desktop whenever something happens on twitter. I'm compiling a list of 3 twitter clients for Linux that you will find very useful. So let's get started!
First of all there are many applications that allow you to use twitter without opening up web browser so if you use any app accept the three I am giving below then please share with us in the comment below this article.
There can be various reasons for using Twitter client on your Linux may be that you don't want to polish login and logout button. But the major reason is if you can get notifications, read new messages, tweet posts without having to open up browser then why not use client application. Yeah! That's cool! Isn't it?
So let's start with the third one in our list -
Turpial is a simple GUI easy to use twitter client for Linux. Turpial is written in python and released under GPL v3. Turpial can easily be installed and configure in various distros including Ubuntu, Fedora and Debian. You can directly jump to installation part here.
The Latest version of Turpial 3.0 released with fixes, updates and new features. So 3.0 is even better, stable and featurable. Turpial is easy to use and configure and here is how you can install and configure Turpial -
How To Install Turpial ?
Turpial is already in official Ubuntu repository so you can directly install it using Software Center or Terminal but If it's not or removed in future then you can add Turpial PPA and install Turpial in Ubuntu.
$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:effie-jayx/turpial
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install turpial
Available for Sid, Jessie and Wheezy Backports. You just need execute as root:
aptitude install turpial
Execute the following command as root -
yum install turpial
Any other Linux distributions click here.
Birdie is another simple, featured-rich and easy to use Twitter client for Linux. You don't want to miss Birdie if you want to use multiple accounts. You can log into as many accounts as you want with Birdie without spending so much time.
Birdie integrates perfectly fine with most of the modern GNU/Linux Desktop Environment. You get desktop notification whenever somebody messages, tweet, retweet or do any other activity. You're always up-to-date with whatever activities are going on.
There is one thing that you may not like about Birdie is that Birdie does not have any repository. You will have to install it downloading .deb file from Birdie website. Although they provide instructions on how to install Birdie on different operating systems but whenever Birdie gets update you need to manually update it (that's not good).
Birdie development was discontinued by Ivo Nunes, the main developer of the project, but because of the magical open-source development system the project was started back by one of the project lovers. Now the project is continued and soon we may have Birdie 2.0 (Out of the Nest – Birdie 2.0).
How To Install Birdie In Linux ?
Installing Birdie is easy! You can goto Birdie Download page here and select your Linux distribution and download Bridie.
Finally here is the #1 Twitter client of this small list. Choqok. The client that you're most likely to like it and install it. Choqok is a free, open-source and feature rich Twitter client for Linux and latest version is 1.5. Choqok does not only support Twitter but pump.io network, Opendesktop.org and also StatusnNet.
Choqok is built using Qt libraries and hence it integrates seamlessly with KDE. But it works on other distros with different environments. Other distributions users can either install it using binaries or Ubuntu based distros' users can install using Adilson's PPA unofficial PPA.
Choqok is a KDE app so installing on other environments will also install several Kubuntu libraries. I've been using it on Ubuntu and have no problem using it on non-kde distro.
App has a nice GUI, like unity that allows to switch between different tabs like, messages, profile, notifications and more. You can also hide unwanted tabs. You can quickly update status, update timeline for new activities and configure choqok from integrated menu.
One very useful thing in Choqok is the URL shortner. When using Choqok you no more need to goto any online URL shortening tool just use one embedded into app.
Choqok numerous plugins/features can be enabled or disabled depending on user wish. For example, if you don't want to preview images then uncheck Preview images plugin inside "Plugins" tab.
As told above Choqok can sign in multiple accounts simeltanaously. To configure account goto Settings >> Configure Choqok >> Accounts and Click Add and select the account that you want to use in Choqok. Choqok uses key to authenticate your twitter account. You'll get a key as you login and enter that key in the dialogue box that popped up as you clicked add twitter.
Choqok uses KWallet to store your data securely on hard drive. Choqok setup will instruct you to setup KWallet.
There are many other features that you will want to try out i.e support of photo uploading from Flickr, ImageShack, Twitpic, Twitgoo, Mobypicture and Posterous etc. So try it out. Install Choqok and tell us in the comments below that how much you like it.
You can follow instructions on download page here for your Linux distribution and additionally you can download source package from download page or you can install an unofficial PPA for Ubuntu based Distributions.
$ sudo add-apt-repository -y ppa:adilson/experimental
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get choqok
Also don't forget to take a poll below and also don't forget to mention any other Twitter, Facebook or any other social networking client for Linux that you are using.