Tweet From your KDE 4 Desktop

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Microblogging service Twitter is as popular as ever and is a great way of keeping in touch with your friends who also use the service.

Of course, the service is much more useful when you can quickly and easily access it to see what is going on and update your status. That makes dedicated Twitter 'clients' very popular.

KDE 4 features a new desktop shell named Plasma. Part of Plasma is support for desktop widgets, known as 'Plasmoids', which can include a clock, a notepad and more.

Kubuntu users (and possibly other distros) have access to a package called extragear-plasma. This package, when installed, offers several additional Plasmoids, one of which is KDE Twitter.

Once the package has been installed, go to the top-right of the screen and click Add Widgets when it is revealed. In that list should be 'Twitter Microblogging', so click Add Widget to add it to your desktop.

KDE Twitter - Add Widget

KDE Twitter Blank widget

You will obviously need to enter your Twitter details and log in before this will be of much use. Right-click on the widget and choose Twitter Microblogging Settings.

KDE Twitter Context menu

Configure Twitter Applet

Once you have entered your details and changed any other settings, you will be able to see tweets from your friends show up in the widget. You can also use the text box at the top of the widget to post messages to the service.

KDE Twitter Widget (with tweets)

One thing I should note is that on my KDE 4 Kubuntu Hardy Heron system, the area to post messages seems to be in black, while the background is ... also black. This makes it rather impractical and I wasn't immediately able to find a way to change the colour scheme. Let me know in the comments if you find out how!

I should also thank @oniryx for posting a tweet with the widget, which piqued my curiosity and led me to discover it!

If you are a Twitter user, why not add FOSSwire to get notified of new posts here as they happen?


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Peter Upfold is a technology enthusiast from the UK. Peter’s interest in Linux stems back to 2003, when curiosity got the better of him and he began using SUSE 9.0. Now he runs Linux Mint 9 on the desktop, runs a CentOS-based web server from home for his personal website and dabbles in all sorts of technology things across the Windows, Mac and open source worlds.

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Discussion: Tweet From your KDE 4 Desktop

  1. Avatar (guest)

    # Posted on 10 October 2008 at 12:52 PM

    Nothing about the type-box-bg-color, but I've something to ask instead. When I add the widget on the "desktop", well.. it doesn't appear. If I try to put it on the panel, it leaves an empty space where is located as an "unknonw widget". Any idea?

  2. Confused (guest)

    # Posted on 02 November 2008 at 12:56 PM

    On my Kubuntu 8.10 desktop, the widget/plasmoid crashes shortly after it connects to twitter. I see my one post then it crashes and reloads all my widgets and I have to reconfigure the twitter widget. This cycle would have continued indefinitely if I hadn't deleted it.

  3. Haggis (guest)

    # Posted on 04 February 2009 at 10:32 PM

    I must admit, I'm getting the same result as Confused... on 8.10 I get a crash shortly after connecting to twitter.

  4. Psibernetic (guest)

    # Posted on 28 March 2009 at 06:56 AM

    Crashes everything resets its settings

  5. /dev/cpu (guest)

    # Posted on 22 April 2009 at 09:10 PM

    KDE twitter widget leaks memory and corrupts the entire desktop. Needs serious fix.

  6. Annika (guest)

    # Posted on 27 April 2009 at 01:57 AM

    It seems to work well on Kubuntu 9.04. What I don't get: Why are there some tweets with the username written from top to bottom instead of the normal way? It takes up lots of space and I don't know what it means. Has anyone figured out?

  7. Mohammed Khoory (guest)

    # Posted on 25 November 2009 at 05:28 PM

    I can't figure out how to get this package in Kubuntu 9.10. Any idea?

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