Ultimate Geek Stuff - Twidge Twitter Command Line Client for Ubuntu/Linux

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Twidge is a command line Twitter desktop client for Ubuntu/Linux. Twidge supports posting updates, reading replies, adding more friends etc and its integration with the Unix shell scripting environment is just superb. Twidge is so easy to use and obviously light weight which makes it even more adorable. Lets take a peek into the Twidge features and installation.

Feature List

  • It is so easy to use because it is simple, but there is always high level functionality at your finger tips.
  • Compatible with any microblogging service that is using twitter API including Twitter and Identi.ca
  • With Twidge, you can read your friends activity, replies to you,  your own activity, add more friends, read direct messages, update your status and everything else!
  • Capability to remember what you have seen already and suppress those updates in future runs.
  • Optional shortening of long URL's using Tinyurl
  •  What else do you need anyway??

Getting Started With Twidge Installation In Ubuntu

  • Installation of Twidge in Ubuntu is pretty darn simple. All you need to do is adding a new debian squeeze repo to you sources.list. Those who use distros other than Ubuntu please check this.
  • Now lets get started with Twidge installation in Ubuntu

Add Debian Squeeze Repo First 

  • Open your /etc/apt/sources.list file. Goto Applications > Accessories > Terminal and do the following.
sudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list
  • Now Copy-Paste the following Repo onto the /etc/apt/sources.list file (to the last line, preferably)
deb http://ftp.de.debian.org/debian squeeze main 
  • Done. 

Now Install Twidge in your Ubuntu

  • Again goto Applications > Accessories > Terminal  and do as follows.
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install twidge
  •  Done.

Useful Twidge Commands

Setup your Twitter account in Twidge 

twidge setup
  • Give your Twitter username and password when prompted to.

Your friend's 20 recent Twitter updates 

twidge lsrecent

 Run the following command twice to get the unread Twitter updates only 

twidge lsrecent -su 

 See all Twitter Replies 

twidge lsreplies

 See all Twitter Direct Messages 

twidge lsdm

 Update your Twitter status 

twidge update
  • And press return/enter and type your message, and then again press return/enter. If your message exceeds 140 characters Twidge will display an error message. So don't worry ;-)

Follow someone 

twidge follow username

 Unfollow someone 

twidge unfollow username

 List of Twitter Followers 

twidge lsfollowers

 List of Twitter Following 

twidge lsfollowing

 List of Twidge Commands 

twidge lscommands
  • That is everything i guess. Try it out and let me know of any issues. And by the way i have tried Twidge on Ubuntu Jaunty only. Some dependency issues may arise in other versions. 
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