Adium 1.4 to Be Twitter-Compatible
Adium, the insanely popular open-source Mac chat client, could use Yahoo! Messenger, Google Chat, MSM, AOL Instant Messenger, QQ, Facebook Chat... okay, I'm bored of typing all these out- basically it interfaces with a lot of chat clients.
However, it did not support Twitter... Until now. The big-eyed green duck will soon be tweeting.
What Adium isn't, however, is a good Twitter client. That's about to change, starting with Adium's next version (1.4), when sophisticated Twitter functionality will be integrated into Adium.
The extension isn't perfect, but it's better than some of the workarounds that people have been using.
Using Matt Gemmell’s MGTwitterEngine, a library used to communicate with the Twitter API, I’ve managed to make what I consider to be a very good Twitter client into Adium. Your friends (people you follow) are displayed in a group on the Contact List: adding or removing will follow or unfollow them, and chatting with them will send (or receive) direct messages. Note that you can only send a direct message to someone who follows you, so it might be a one-way conversation.