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Installing Gwibber

$ sudo apt-get install gwibber


Gwibber can be adjusted to fit your needs in a couple of ways.

Please notice the extensive features included under the menu's.

To perform searches, you can click on #gwibber or !gwibber links (middle mouse opens in a new tab) - like this - http://identi.ca/tag/gwibber.

Tabs can be dragged around to help you organise them (e.g. follow 'conficker' in it's own tab and drag it to make it the first tab).

Additional features include certain 'native' one's, such as the ability to switch tabs by rolling the mousewheel whilst hovering over the tab-bar.

Contributing to Gwibber

Bugs / Feature Requests

Please be aware that because Gwibber is a multi-protocol client, bugs sometimes arise because of changes outside the control of the software - one example of this is the Jaiku API which is currently not working.

Please report bugs on launchpad. If you spot a bug that also effects you, ensure you register your interested by clicking the 'effects me too' link at the top of the bug report (click show comments at the top of the page for an explanation of this).

If you want to request a feature, please prefix the abstract with [wishlist] to aid triage.



Following Gwibber

For instant information to your Gwibber window, you can subscribe to the following accounts. Of course, any relevent RSS or Atom feeds can also be added in the accounts window and can be enabled or disabled at any time by toggling the checkbox in the accounts window:

http://identi.ca/gwibber http://twitter.com/gwibber

Display Issues

Recently I had complaints from Gwibber users that they cannot use 'tiny-arrow' URL's shrunk using the http://tinyarro.ws/ service. Typical formats might appear like this: www.➡.ws/䑸 which does not always display correctly and may or may not be available as a clickable link - depending upon which application is being used.

Should this occur, simply cut and paste the url into your browser address bar.


Association with another tweet/dent

Many users incorrectly assume that clicking on a reply arrow, but then removing the @username should dissociate the post.

This is incorrect. Gwibber's intended behaviour is that you can reference another tweet/dent via the in_reply_to link without requiring the @username entry. This enables you to do things like RT and via @username and matches the behaviour of the web interface.

If you wish to remove the association you should click the 'Cancel' button to the right of the input field.

Open ''username'' account in it's own tab

To open a new tab for a specific user, simply use the Middle Mouse button to click on the user's Avatar

Open a new tab and search for '#ubuntu'

In Gwibber, this is a 'Find' function. Press 'ctrl' + 'f' to open a 'find' window, and enter the search term 'ubuntu' and press enter. Entering a 'hashtag' in front of a word marks it as a 'link' as a 'searchable item'. #ubuntu when clicked will open a list of messages containing this tag. When you type messages about #ubuntu or #Gwibber you show people they can click them to open a search. Similarly, typing '@' in front of a name not only sends the message to that name, but enables anyone to click the @name link and open that person's message list in a new tab.

To assist people with web searching, you can use the tag '!' which is a Group tag - it makes a link which opens the Group in a new tag. Examples !ubuntu !Debian !fluxbox !sidux

About Workspaces

Currently, Gwibber only restores itself to the original workspace - and so minimising to some notification area will not allow restoration on another workspace. You are able to set the window to appear in all workspaces - then the notification icon will always capture and release Gwibber to the current (actually ALL) workspace.

Performance Issues

Occasionally I have experienced issues with freezing when pasting to the text box in Gwibber. Should you experience any difficulties in this area, then initially go to the Gwibber>preferences and disable the Experimental features (currently 'Automatically Shorten Pasted URLs). Performance in this area may be affected by connectivity issues at times.

Preferences are available through the taskbar icon's right click menu. To restart (with information available in the terminal) simply restart from the terminal:

Code: killall gwibber;sleep 5;gwibber -v

(it is possible to create a launcher for your panel/menu/desktop using this command - but omit the '-v' option which means 'verbose')

Theming Gwibber

Current themes are installed in /usr/share/gwibber/UI directory. Personal additions should go to /home/ username /.local/share Should Gwibber fail to start, then preferences can be adjusted through the ui or terminal. (ui for gnome using gconf-editor, /apps/gwibber/preferences. Do not set the 'refresh' for a number less than 1!)

Themes can be found at http://live.gnome.org/Gwibber/Themes - I have included one or two starters, with a theme for light desktops (dark text on lite background) and theme for darker desktops.

If you're handy with html, then you can do a great deal more than I can.


Gwibber/FAQ (last edited 2011-05-24 12:51:16 by redtux2000)