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Gwibber in 12.04 no longer works with Twitter. (I believe because the API changed). It appears that its replacement, friends-app, cannot be installed in Precise (as per Install latest Gwibber (friends-app) in Ubuntu 12.04?).

So what's a replacement/workaround for a Twitter client in Ubuntu 12.04? I've tried Hotot and it's also broken for the same reason.

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Try Birdie, which is the default for elementary OS.

You can install it from ppa by running below commands one by one (press Ctrl+Alt+T to open terminal):

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:birdie-team/stable

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install birdie


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Even though this is the stable PPA, birdie will constantly crash on me... – king_julien Sep 27 '13 at 17:58
Me too. Always crash when starting. – Epoc Oct 26 '14 at 11:21

I recommend the twitter client polly.

Open the terminal and execute:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:conscioususer/polly-unstable
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install polly

After that you can start polly from the dash like any other application.

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