If you’re looking for a fast, native Linux Twitter Polly is an excellent choice. It’s technically in pre-alpha, but it certainly doesn’t feel like it. I find Polly to be feature-filled and more stable than many Linux clients I’ve used. If you haven’t found the Linux Twitter client that’s right for you, try Polly. It might be what you’re looking for.
Using PollyStart up Polly, add your account and you’ll see an interface not so different than what you’d expect:
What sets Polly apart from other Linux Twitter clients, in my opinion, is how customizable it is. People use Linux for different things, so it’s important that any good Linux client acknowledge this and give people control over what they do and don’t see. Some people only want to see what their friends are saying; others want to keep up on global trends. Some people use a single account, while others have several and follow different lists for different reasons. Polly acknowledges this, and lets you set up a variety of different columns:
Set up as many or as few as you want. You can even see desktop notifications for all or just a few of these tweets:
The more time you spend settings things up, the more you’ll find yourself liking Polly. Twitter is about choice: there is a massive flood of information out there, and you only need to see what you want to see. Twitter on the web gives you some ability to look through that, but column-based Twitter clients give you a chance to instantly see only the things you care about.
Install PollyYou can find .deb files for Ubuntu and source code you can compile on other distros over at the Polly Launchpad page. Sorry, I can’t help you compile the software.
Pros & ConsSo, is this the Linux Twitter client you’ve been looking for? Maybe. Here’s a simple rundown to help you find out:
- Fast, native interface.
- Sublimely stable.
- Custom columns.
- Multiple accounts.
- Technically pre-alpha.
- Lacking keyboard control.
- Some features in menu not yet implemented.
- No support for Facebook or other social networks.
Do you have any more pros and cons to add to the above list? Start a conversation about that below, along with any other great software you know of for using Twitter in Linux.
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