I'm a Christian, a designer, and a gadget fan who lives in Cheltenham, UK.

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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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