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Twitter Clients for Linux - Open Source Social Media

written by: •edited by: Lamar Stonecypher•updated: 4/25/2009

Twitter’s popularity has seen many Twitter-specific applications being developed lately. These desktop applications give you a quick and easy way to interact with Twitter without a browser. Here are some Linux tools that make "twittering" fun for you.

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    Twitter is the most popular microblogging platform that lets you post your status in 140 characters or less. To make your interaction with Twitter easy there are a lot of desktop applications that act as Twitter clients and lets you update your status as well as view what your Twitter friends are doing without even going to a web browser. Let’s take a look at some of the best desktop Twitter client applications available for Linux.

    gtwitter

    gtwitter is a simple twitter client for Linux. It can display your friends' public timelines, post your tweets, and place a notification area icon for quick access. You can also set the refresh interval.

    KickTweet

    KickTweet is a KDE kicker applet that lets you interact with Twitter. It can automatically convert a Url to a short Url with TinyUrl.

    BLT

    Spending too much time with the Linux command line? Well, here’s a twitter client that lets you keep in touch with what your friends are doing while you are at the command line. BLT displays your Twitter friend timeline while you're working at the command line. It is actually a pearl script that integrates into bash as a simple Twitter client.

    qwit

    qwit is a simple Twitter client based on QT4. It can display public timeline, replies, custom user timelines, and direct messages. It has a customizable interface with a KDE native look.

    Gwibber

    Gwibber is not just a Twitter client. It's a microblogging tool that works with Twitter, Jaiku, Identi.ca, Facebook, Flickr, Digg etc.

    ZenTwitter

    A bash script that lets you update your Twitter account. ZenTwitter uses zenity and curl. Installing ZenTwitter is very easy, just put it in your ~/bin directory, change the username and password by opening it with an editor and then make it executable (chmod a+x) and put a launcher icon on your desktop that points to it.

    Spaz

    Spaz is an ad free, open source Twitter client that works on Windows, Mac, and Linux (written on Adobe AIR). It utilizes the jQuery framework and has a short URL creation tools that supports multiple short Url services like is.gd, bit.ly, etc.. It has support for custom themes, has a built in global search feature and support for markdown syntax.

    twitux

    twitux is a GTK+ based Twitter client that displays messages in the notification area. It can display public timeline and friend timeline and send messages.

    Pwytter

    Pwytter is a free and open source twitter client for Windows, Mac OS x, and Linux. It is available in 14 languages and has features like timeline switch, Unicode support for all languages, friends and followers list display, URL detection in messages, both automatic and manual refresh, etc.

    Mitter

    Mitter is a simple Twitter client that runs on Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux.

    Vim Twitter

    Vim Twitter is a script that lets you update your Twitter status and check friends' public timeline from right within Vim.

    Twitter Thingy

    Twitter Thingy is a free Adobe AIR based Wwitter client that works on Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux. It has all the essential features you'd expect from a Twitter client. It's easy to use interface gives you quick access to delete your tweets, reply to tweets, re-tweet, get user details, mark any tweet as favorite, etc.

    QTwittering

    Another Qt4 based Twitter client for Linux (also runs on Mac OS X and Windows) that is very simple to use.

    gtktwitter

    gtktwitter is a lightweight twitter client for Linux.