If you are like me in search of a good twitter client for your Linux system that is lightweight, and has all the basic functionalities that twitter website has, then your search came to its end because there is Turpial ^_^
Yes! Turpial is a very lightweight twitter client that you can load on your netbook without fearing that will consume all your memory. Believe me other twitter clients like Tweetdeck look fancy but use lots of CPU power and memory which is vital for your 1 GB of memory netbook.
For you who are a bit more tech savvy Turpial uses only about 45 MB of memory.
Turpial has nothing to be envy about other twitter clients as it has tons of features. Here are some of them:
1. One column or Three column (wide) mode
The interface is pretty straightforward. In the one column mode you can see the other columns by switching the tabs.
Also you can find all the basic functions at the bottom of the window.
The status bar shows the remaining API calls to twitter. It means that if you use all your API calls then Turpial won’t refresh anymore.
An API call is consumed by each action you do. For each tweet, each refresh, each retweet.
Notice this happens with all twitter clients, because twitter gives a certain amount of API calls each hour for you. This is a measure to prevent overloading of their infrastructure. But don’t worry, you cannot run easily out of calls even if you refresh your twitter feed every minute.
2. Select the display of each column
As I mentioned before Turpial has three columns for you to use. Yes I now that Tweetdeck for example has the ability to add more columns but we want to k.i.s.s. it!
At each column there is a drop-down menu where you can select the content of the column.
It the menu you will see the twitter functions as:
- My Tweets
But also your lists you have on twitter.
3. Of course there is the update status popup
If you want to mention some of your friends (the people you follow) then clicking the “Add Friend” displays a list of those people so you can insert them into your tweet.
4. You can post a picture
It is very easy to post a picture from Turpial. Just click in the middle and the browse window will appear to select a picture.
Also as you will see below at the preferences you can choose what image upload service you want to use.
5. View and Edit your twitter account
You can see your status directly from Turpial. Number of tweets, followers and following.
You can edit your account details and see your favorite tweets.
6. Right click Super-Menu
I call it Super because right clicking on a tweet you can do almost anything.
Notice that the Open Menu opens a sub-menu with all the links mentioned in the tweet and clicking on one of them opens the link in a browser window.
Turpial has many settings which you can see below:
How to install Turpial on your linux system
else you can find installation instructions at the Turpial Download website here.
Which twitter client do you use (if any) ?
Share your experience using any twitter client, now or in the past, desktop or web based.