twhirl preview for sites

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Since twhirl added support for some time ago, we have seen growing demand to have generic support for any based microblogging site out there. Thanks to the Twitter-compatible API it provides, we are happy to announce a preview version for twhirl today that you can point to any installation. And we now also support Dustin Sallings IdentiSpy tracking service!

Here are some hints how to add a account to twhirl:

  • open the accounts dialog (click on the top left hand twhirl icon in a twhirl window)
  • select “” from the drop-down list at the bottom left hand corner
  • enter your username and the’s domain as your screen name. Example: to add the account “twhirl” on the, you would need to enter “”. Don’t include the http:// part, just use the domain name
  • Press Return or click the “+” button to add the account
  • select the new account in the list and click on “Connect” to open a window for this account


If the site you are using supports sending updates via XMPP, you can add your GTalk or Jabber account, too. Open the account’s configuration, navigate to the “Network” tab, and enter your GTalk or Jabber ID (for GTalk, use the full Gmail address!), your password, and the Jabber server you use (for GTalk users:

twhirl now also supports incoming messages tracked via the popular IdentiSpy service from Dustin Sallings. Just use the same account for IdentiSpy that you add to twhirl, and you will see the tracked updates with a small “flame” icon in the top right hand corner. Should you not want to see your tracks in twhirl, please disable the “show tracked messages” option on the Network tab.


Please remember, this is a preview release, and while we have tested it against some installations already, we need your help to test it on many more. Let us know if you discover any bugs or problems on your preferred site, so we can make it more stable soon.

Also, the Twitter-compatible API does not reflect all federation features has yet, so there might be some things not working perfectly yet if you follow people from other sites. We are working with the team to get more and better support for federation soon.

How to get it?

You can download the preview version from here

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