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One status to rule them all

In some moments of escap­ism from my Dis­ser­ta­tion I have man­aged to setup my Twit­ter account to become that one status to rule them all. Finally ful­filling the role it has always threatened to do.
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A while ago I told you I had a Twit­ter account and that I had got it show­ing up in the side­bar of my blog. That was the first step of imple­ment­ing Twit­ter as my status to rule them all. What I really wanted to do, was to use Twit­ter to show my status on my blog, my status to my Twit­ter friends (which there aren’t many of so signup and add me) and as my status on MSN.
Now to do this was­n’t that simple. I had to first sort out Adi­um to show my status mes­sages on MSN. Due to a lim­it­a­tion of the lib­rary the Adi­um devs use this is not pos­sible to do straight from Adi­um. In order to get the MSN per­son­al mes­sages to show up in Adi­um I had to setup a Jab­ber account and with that an MSN trans­port. I setup an account with a jab­ber serv­er found at bgmn.net and registered with the MSN trans­port. It worked and I was able to see my bud­dies MSN status mes­sages from Adium.
MSN personal messages in Adium, via my Jabber transport.  I'm using Twitter to show my status message.
Now with that up and run­ning I had to solve the prob­lem of mak­ing my Twit­ter status show up in the status mes­sage of Adium/MSN. Enter the Adi­um Xtras site and this applescript. Once the script was installed I fol­lowed the instruc­tions found on the down­load page, cre­ated a status with %_Twitter in the text field and saw my Twit­ter status appear there. So my MSN bud­dies could now see my Twit­ter status and I was well ont he way to my one rul­ing status. Now whenev­er I changed my Twit­ter status my MSN status changed to mir­ror it.
I now had to sort out how I changed my Twit­ter status. I had been using a litle app called Twit­ter­rif­ic which is a little menu bar app. It had a bit of an issue though, it quite often lost con­nec­tion with the Twit­ter serv­er and would spring up a little error win­dow to me so, not really what you want when in the middle of a para­graph. So I set out to look for an altern­at­ive and what bet­ter altern­at­ive than some­thing which involves the one applic­a­tion to rule them all,Quick­Sil­ver. I came across this applescript which added an action to Quick­Sil­ver called Tweet and allowed me to post my Twit­ter status from QuickSilver.
Setting my Twitter status in Quicksilver.
It worked well, except there was one thing I did­n’t like about it. I was unable to tell if the post to Twit­ter had worked. With a little more search­ing I found a ver­sion that added a little Growl noti­fic­a­tion to the pro­cess. It added some­thing that ensured a Growl noti­fc­a­tion popped up on my dis­play when the Tweet was succesful.
The confirmation Growl notification.  I'd like to change the Applescript icon for a twitter 't' but I'm not sure how to achieve that.
So now, I am able to con­trol my Adi­um status, my blog status and my Twit­ter status all from the same place. Plus I have been able to sort out some­thing I’ve wanted for ages, tobe able to use Quick­Sil­ver to alter my status as well as to send Instant Messages.

48 responses

  1. Hehe. Well Quick­sil­ver is indeed the work of a Geni­us! I’ve man­aged to get a nice Twit­ter ‘t’ to appear on my growl noti­fic­a­tion now, thanks to an auto­mat­or app and img2icns!

  2. Hehe. Well Quick­sil­ver is indeed the work of a Geni­us! I’ve man­aged to get a nice Twit­ter ‘t’ to appear on my growl noti­fic­a­tion now, thanks to an auto­mat­or app and img2icns!

  3. Wess: If you down­load the script found here and place it in your ~/Library/Application Support/Quicksilver/Actions folder, then re-launch Quick­sil­ver you should be able to see it as an action. So by typ­ing in your tweet then tab­bing to the second pane and start­ing to type tweet it should show as an applescript action.

  4. Wess: If you down­load the script found here and place it in your ~/Library/Application Support/Quicksilver/Actions folder, then re-launch Quick­sil­ver you should be able to see it as an action. So by typ­ing in your tweet then tab­bing to the second pane and start­ing to type tweet it should show as an applescript action.

  5. Phil, you’re a geni­us. I fol­lowed your post and had no hic­cups (oth­er than the CSS styl­ing for my twit­ter status on my site.) Thanks for writ­ing this up.

  6. Phil, you’re a geni­us. I fol­lowed your post and had no hic­cups (oth­er than the CSS styl­ing for my twit­ter status on my site.) Thanks for writ­ing this up.

  7. Glad you got it to work! I like how you have it set, how did you get it to show? I don’t like how mine is show­ing at the moment!

  8. Glad you got it to work! I like how you have it set, how did you get it to show? I don’t like how mine is show­ing at the moment!

  9. Yeah I noticed that as well. I’m not sure, but when I checked Twit­ter earli­er, or late last night, they were hav­ing prob­lems with the serv­er I think. It’s all there now and work­ing though.
    EDIT: I’m just won­der­ing if this is because of the way you are dis­play­ing it, although I’m not sure. It should work if its the javas­cript from the Twit­ter badges. I use the RSS feed to dis­play mine, but I’m not really sure.

  10. Yeah I noticed that as well. I’m not sure, but when I checked Twit­ter earli­er, or late last night, they were hav­ing prob­lems with the serv­er I think. It’s all there now and work­ing though.
    EDIT: I’m just won­der­ing if this is because of the way you are dis­play­ing it, although I’m not sure. It should work if its the javas­cript from the Twit­ter badges. I use the RSS feed to dis­play mine, but I’m not really sure.

  11. For­give my stu­pid­ity, but I can­’t seem to fol­low the first few steps of this post in order to get my friends’ MSN per­son­al mes­sages to show up in Adium.
    How did you set up the Jab­ber account and register with the MSN trans­port? I feel like I’m miss­ing some vital step… 🙂

  12. For­give my stu­pid­ity, but I can­’t seem to fol­low the first few steps of this post in order to get my friends’ MSN per­son­al mes­sages to show up in Adium.
    How did you set up the Jab­ber account and register with the MSN trans­port? I feel like I’m miss­ing some vital step… 🙂

  13. Hi Marty, yeh I just read over that and I did­n’t really explain what to do. Do you already have a Jab­ber account?
    I set mine up with the BGMN.net serv­er through a chat cli­ent called PSI. Once that was setup and logged on, I went to general>service dis­cov­ery. In the Ser­vice Dis­cov­ery win­dow, I clicked on MSN Trans­port and then on the key icon at the top, which is the register but­ton. Once there I entered my MSN account details and registered.
    This should mean you are registered on the MSN trans­port. To check there should be a bot/agent/transport group which should con­tain the con­tact msn.bgmn.net. You may be asked to author­ise all your con­tacts, but this should only hap­pen once.
    If I have still missed some points let me know and I will write up a walk through on how to do it with a few screen grabs.

  14. Hi Marty, yeh I just read over that and I did­n’t really explain what to do. Do you already have a Jab­ber account?
    I set mine up with the BGMN.net serv­er through a chat cli­ent called PSI. Once that was setup and logged on, I went to general>service dis­cov­ery. In the Ser­vice Dis­cov­ery win­dow, I clicked on MSN Trans­port and then on the key icon at the top, which is the register but­ton. Once there I entered my MSN account details and registered.
    This should mean you are registered on the MSN trans­port. To check there should be a bot/agent/transport group which should con­tain the con­tact msn.bgmn.net. You may be asked to author­ise all your con­tacts, but this should only hap­pen once.
    If I have still missed some points let me know and I will write up a walk through on how to do it with a few screen grabs.

  15. Wess – It should work with AIM, Yahoo and Gmail. In Adi­um you can set their status mes­sages the without the Jab­ber trans­port so it should be fine. Using the script in your main status should change it for all your accounts and it should show up for them. It does for my AIM account.
    edit: sorry missed a key word out there ha! Should’ve said without jab­ber rather than with!

  16. Wess – It should work with AIM, Yahoo and Gmail. In Adi­um you can set their status mes­sages the without the Jab­ber trans­port so it should be fine. Using the script in your main status should change it for all your accounts and it should show up for them. It does for my AIM account.
    edit: sorry missed a key word out there ha! Should’ve said without jab­ber rather than with!

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