Gwibber + U.NU

I’ve been using Gwibber on and off for a while now, but recently I’ve started using Ubuntu 10.04 full time and Gwibber has now been directly integrated.

Back when I used Gwibber before, it was a half-developed Twitter client. Its much more than that now and its progressing nicely!


Some people might compare it to TweetDeck for Windows, but it has a little ways to go before its as feature complete as TweetDeck.

I’ve decided to start making contributions to the client via user interface improvements and improving service reliability among other things. However, I’ve started with a simple contribution that is one requirement for me…the use of my favorite url shortener service: U.NU

U.NU is your basic url shortening service, but it lacks a great deal of features that other services typically offer such as detailed statistics for each link. This doesn’t bother me, as the most important thing to me is a short url. 😉

Now that I’ve submitted a (very) simple python script that enables a new url service in Gwibber, I’ve marked a point where I’ve actively began contributing to the open source community (to applications that are not my own).

Gwibber is now a part of Gnome so I’m hoping that when Gwibber 2.30 is released, along side Gnome 2.30, they will include my little patch/contribution so I can use my favorite url shortener in my tweets. This is the beauty of open source. 😀

If you’re curious about the theme I’m using, it’s the Homosapien Metacity theme. I used the online Homosapien Metacity Customizer to get the blue theme though. You can make your own remix of this theme there if you wish or you can just download the exact one that I’m using.

7 thoughts on “Gwibber + U.NU”

    1. using Opera 10 Opera 10 on GNU/Linux GNU/Linux
      Opera/9.80 (Linux x86_64; U; en) Presto/2.5.22 Version/10.50

      I love your theme! Sadly, I’m just not a fan of the recommended Ubuntu colors. What makes your theme so appealing to me is the window control buttons. That’s a sexy and simplistic design!

      All I changed was the color and title bar padding-top/bottom to 2 cause it seemed to waste space. Otherwise its excellent!

      Even more stoked that you followed a trackback link to some appreciation. 😉

  1. using Google Chrome 5 Google Chrome 5 on GNU/Linux GNU/Linux
    Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i686; en-US) AppleWebKit/533.4 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/5.0.375.29 Safari/533.4

    Hi, just one question. How does the url shortener service work in gwibber?? If I just paste or type an url it’s showed as it is once the post is published! It’s not being shortened at all! (I’ve made sure that url shortener option is enabled in the preferences)

    Should I do somehing else?! thanks in advance.

    1. using Opera 10 Opera 10 on Windows 7 Windows 7
      Opera/9.80 (Windows NT 6.1; U; en) Presto/2.5.24 Version/10.54

      Some short links don’t trigger the auto-url-shortener feature. In general though, when you paste a link into the Gwibber textbox it is immediate shortened and pasted as the shortened version. If you have all updates installed then you shouldn’t need to do anything else.

  2. using Google Chrome 5 Google Chrome 5 on GNU/Linux GNU/Linux
    Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i686; en-US) AppleWebKit/533.4 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/5.0.375.29 Safari/533.4

    wow, that’s what I call a fast answer :).

    By the wa, I’m using gwibber version (the last update with Ubuntu 10.04), so I guess this is a bug or something…

    Thank you again for helping me out.

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