There are too many comments to really post much more to the original article, so I’ll comment here.
I like Gwibber. I’ve been using it since it first came out and I started using microblogging services (twitter, identi.ca, etc). It’s had problems and growing pains, but that’s expected with a new piece of software that is working with new technology (that’s always changing, btw; twitter changes its API all the time).
Complaining in a blog post is not necessarily the best way to deal with a program’s issues. I’m not going to say Gwibber doesn’t have issues (I’m running the daily-ppa) but I think the program is excellent. It allows me to interact with twitter, my status.net cloud instance, facebook, friendfeed, and buzz (coming soon!) and not go to those websites.
The only other program that I find to be this comprehensive is Tweetdeck. And, it has issues of its own; sort-of support for status.net and no posts over 140 characters.
Anyway, maybe Tyler should have installed the daily-ppa? The development of this software is at a breakneck pace; I see new versions of gwibber coming out almost, well, daily. Also, reporting and confirming bugs is another way to help out the project. I’ve been steadily reporting bugs on Gwibber (and other packages I use) to improve the user experience. Some of my issues are in part of the way I use it. I have a lot of accounts that eat a lot of processing power sometimes. It seems that the memory leaks have been addressed recently; Gwibber isn’t taking up as much of my processor as it was previously.
I thoroughly disagree with this:
When it comes to basically all Ubuntu Twitter apps, there is no benefit, but plenty of drawback. There is no benefit whatsoever in using Gwibber except that it aggregates from multiple sources. But it doesn’t even do that particularly well. The fact that Person A writing on Person B’s wall looks, in Gwibber, to simply be a status update makes it more or less worthless. The fact that trying to view a twitpic picture requires opening a browser anyway, kinda defeats the purpose anyway.
There is plenty of benefit. I can see what’s going on in the twitter/dent-verse without going to those sites. I don’t have to keep a browser window/set of tabs for only those sites. I can send thoughts quickly to all my accounts without going to each site or to ping.fm.
Re: twitpic; yes, this functionality is in the latest daily build. Re: facebook wall-to-wall; how should this be fixed? Digging up old posts with sub-posts? I’m not sure how this would work. Anyway, you can always click on the time-stamp link and see what’s going on. This is what I do for Facebook.
I use Gwibber so I don’t have to go to the web interface to get basic functionality. Adding in the ability to subscribe to users and all sorts of other things would make the program too heavy, in my opinion.
Gwibber isn’t perfect, but really, are any other programs perfect?