Social From The Start

Twitter, identi.ca and Facebook have become an increasingly common medium in which people are communicating. While Google Wave vies to be the next generation of communication (as we waxed lyrical about on the recent Shot Of Jaq), in reality email and microblogging are unlikely to be unseated as primary methods of communication. Naturally, we want to make these methods of connecting people rock good and hard in Ubuntu.

Today Ken VanDine uploaded a new Gwibber to Lucid which adds improved reliability, multi-column views, a new theme and more. It looks like this:

I love you Ryan Paul. I cried 140 individual tears of joy.

This leads me to a simple conclusion:

Goodbye Tweetdeck. You suck considerably more than Gwibber.

No more ugly Adobe Air app. No more closed source Twitter client. No more lack of identi.ca support. No more horrible notification bubbles. Instead, sweet, native, effortless microblogging, right from my Ubuntu desktop. A veritable ass kicking at at it’s finest.

Now, this is cool in of itself, but then combine it with the ability to tweet/dent right from the Me menu:

Microblogging built in, sleek and elegant. I am stoked, and Gwibber is rocking the house. Also, if you are the opportunistically development minded, don’t forget that you can build microblogging support into your apps with Gwibber’s API too, and there will be a session on how to do this at Ubuntu Opportunistic Developer Week.

  • http://www.artofcomplaint.com b1ackcr0w

    Uploaded today? This all happened last week.

    After some initial frustrations, this is top banana awesome-ness. Keep the faith, Gwibber is going properly in the right direction.

  • http://www.cad.cx/blog Colin Dean

    Gwibber is looking pretty awesome!

  • Tom

    That is all nice and great and all, but it is not where the buzz is … if you know what I mean :y)

  • http://dylanmccall.blogspot.com/ Dylan McCall

    Looks pretty :)

    I do feel kinda bad for (huge number of) people who don’t do microblogging. That text box in the Me menu should really be complementing your instant messaging status, not broadcasting to Twitter.

    And I think the Me menu applet needs to be connected with the messaging menu applet, to help those many users who don’t want such bother and now must kill off the session control applet to remove the microblog stuff. It strikes me that this design is ignoring a very significant group of users who really couldn’t care less about social networking.

  • jono

    The new Gwibber hit Lucid today.

  • erik snoeijs

    Awesome!. Last time i checked there was no decent twitter client for gnome so i kept just using the website.

    will certainly try it out.

  • Paradiesstaub

    How much people use twitter/social network stuff? How much Ubuntu users doesn’t?

    An other way to tell this: http://paradiesstaub.files.wordpress.com/2010/02/social-network-stuff.png

  • http://www.jaduncan.com James Duncan

    This is very, very nice. Congrats to Ken!

  • http://www.jaduncan.com James Duncan

    Yes, this is awesome. And awesomer is that Buzz is based on open standards, so gwibber should be able to put out data to it.

    @Jono – do you have any plans to do volatile updates such as network additions and/or login problems through updates or backports?

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  • Brian

    Even though I don’t use microblogging sites, I think that looks really cool. I have one question: now that Ubuntu is leading the way with these really cool UI innovations with the top panel, what will happen when Gnome 3.0 hits? I have been following Gnomeshell development from the start, and my understanding is that they have designed the shell so it would not be customizable by downstream distributions. Will Ubuntu use the Gnomeshell, and toss away all of the work it has done with notifications and the system tray, or use the messaging system from Gnomeshell? Also, what are your thoughts in general about the Gnomeshell? Thanks, this question has bugging me more and more as I see Ubuntu and Gnome divergingin fundamental designs.

  • kerobaros

    So, Jono, about releasing that grayscale icon theme you put together…

    (Also: installed Gwibber (version: a couple days ago) on my Arch Linux-running laptop a couple days ago. Had to do some voodoo magic to get things to compile as I recall, but once running… hell yes.)

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  • http://symphony-cms.com/ Rowan Lewis

    Just when I’m feeling pretty disillusioned with the state of all things Linux, all these awesome things keep happening.

    Can’t wait to give this a try, looks bloody awesome.

  • P?teris Krišj?nis

    Gwibber definitely rocks, but if you want to help, push for normal proxy support in Gwibber. So far Twitter doesn’t work when behind web proxy. It would be sad that this wouldn’t be fixed before Lucid.

  • Cainã Costa

    But, why does it needs CouchDB? :x

  • http://blog.ibeentoubuntu.com Daeng Bo

    Have you looked at the federated social stuff from http://onesocialweb.org ? It’s going to be under an Apache 2 license and based on OpenFire plus some extensions.

    It seems like something Ubuntu might want to promote, possibly on the server.

  • http://brettalton.com Brett

    What theme are you running? I like the black

  • WhyJ

    C’mon, noone’s that social :P

  • Chris Lees

    I don’t use Twitter, but I use Facebook. More people use Facebook than Twitter. I don’t even use Empathy or Pidgin (I use Meebo).

    Unfortunately there’s not a single part of the Me Menu that is appropriate for me. And have you noticed that the real menu is not as cool as Mark Shuttleworth’s mockup?

    I would really like it if Gwibber could work its magic on Facebook as well, because it looks like a great program. And I’d like to update my status on Facebook through the Me Menu.

  • JackLeo

    Wow, great news, i have never heard of Gwibber before, so i tested it on 9.10 and i am really looking forward to this :) it will be great years as i see…

  • Aurelien

    Like Brett, i like this theme! Please, what is the name of this theme, and where we can find it? thanks :)

  • http://forteller.net/ forteller

    Gwibber does work with Facebook too.

    The problem is that that is the only non-microblogging social network it works with. Gwibber and Ubuntu will help perpetuate the semi-monopoly enjoyed by Facebook and Twitter if this is not changed in time for Lucid.

  • http://flyingsquirrel.ca Darcy Casselman

    Facebook Chat now uses the XMPP protocol, which means you can now chat with your Facebook contacts with Empathy or Pidgin, and change your status with the Me menu.

    Details and instructions here: http://www.facebook.com/sitetour/chat.php

  • Don

    Looks like the Ubuntu theme.

    Any way to get the Tweetdeckish functionality backported to karmic?

  • http://www.linuxsouls.com Chris Crisafulli

    Very cool job Ryan! It was great to take part in discussions at UDS, then see this come to fruition. Not sure whether Zoopster has seen this as I know this will be right up his alley! Will have to get caught back up on Shot of Jaq!!

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  • john

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