Just heard through Twitter that Twhirl, my (and most everyone’s) favorite Twitter client, has added support for identi.ca in a still unreleased beta version. identi.ca, for those who haven’t heard about it, is a Twitter clone that is based on the Laconica open source microblogging platform, which allows anyone with access to a web server to host their own microblogging platform à la Twitter. Even though the release is still marked as beta, you can get it over here. You must also register your IM address with identi.ca and add the identi.ca user as your IM buddy in order to get XMPP notifications to work.
So what’s the big fuss? Well, XMPP notifications is what a lot of people have been expecting Twitter to deliver more widely for a long time – at the moment, only a select few partners (including Summize, which they bought onyl a few days ago) have access to this feed. Twhirl has had support for XMPP for a while now, but it’s been pretty useless as their main platform does not openly support it. I guess it’s a good test for Twhirl, to get some public use of this function so it’s ready when Twitter opens up.
Are you on identi.ca? Subscribe to me, let’s see how this works!
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