Cawbird, an excellent Twitter client for Linux

If you've been in the Linux ecosystem for a long time, surely you remember Corebird, a popular Twitter client that unfortunately stopped working due to changes the social network made to its API.

But as often happens in free software, nothing goes forever and in most cases, there is a developer willing to continue the journey.

In this case, it is the IBBoard developer who has created a version of Corebird called cowbird which works with the current Twitter API.

Corebird was a well-designed, well-maintained, feature-rich client, built on GTK, but loved by users of all graphics and distros.

The client allowed you to perform basic Twitter actions; tweet, retweet, upload images, send and receive direct messages, follow, unfollow, ban and block accounts. In addition to advanced actions such as letting you mutate specific hashtags and switch between accounts.

Support was even added for 280 character updates that many users expect. Corebird was created to show the latest tweets first and it doesn't work if you want to show “the most relevant tweets”.

Cawbird does all of this, but does it in a different way. In Cawbird there is no streaming of tweets in real time, Tweets do not appear right when they are published, instead, the application has to check the news every two minutes, or when the user activates the manual update.

The application is also limited in the number of times it is updated, so if you are one of those who like to be updating all the time, you will have to reopen the application from time to time.

If you want to install Cawbird on your device the best way to do it is adding the repository to your sources, so you can install and update the client automatically using the update center of your distribution.

You can also download the .deb installer from this link.


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