Since I run irssi all the time, packing as many features into it as possible seems like a nice idea.

So I use bitlbee to connect to Messenger, Google Talk/Jabber and ICQ and I have been using tircd (Twitter/irc gateway) and (Twitter/Google Talk gateway) to connect to Twitter; but none of them works like I want them to.

Today I stumbled across Twirssi, a script for irssi to interact with Twitter.

Out of the box twirssi expects input to be UTF-8 which caused some grief because my terminal is ISO-8859-15.

First, lets install required modules for twirssi

I run Ubuntu Karmic Koala so Net::Twitter is available as a package

$ sudo apt-get install libnet-twitter-perl

If you run an older Ubuntu release or another Linux/Unix variant that does not have a native package, install it from CPAN (I will not go into the configuration of CPAN here – have a look at this article for more information).

$ sudo perl -MCPAN -e shell
cpan[1]> install Net::Twitter

Answer yes to all dependencies.

Next step is to install a Perl module for the URL shortening service you wish to use; I use so let’s install the module

$ sudo perl -MCPAN -e shell
cpan[1]> install WWW::Shorten::Bitly

Now, let’s install twirssi

Head to irssi’s scripts directory

$ cd ~/.irssi/scripts

Download the script

$ wget

Make sure the script is autoloaded at startup

$ cd autorun
$ ln -sf ../ .

Patch twirssi to support other charsets than UTF-8

$ cd ~/.irssi/scripts
$ wget
$ patch -p1 < twirssi_charset.diff

Finally, configure twirssi

The configuration is done from inside irssi

  1. Create a new window for twirssi: /win new hidden
  2. Name the new window: /win name twitter
  3. Optional; Move the new window to another location: /win move <number>
  4. Optional; Save new window layout: /layout save
  5. Load twirssi: /script load
  6. Configure URL shortening service: /set short_url_provider Bitly and /set short_url_args "Bitly API key"
  7. Configure Twitter usename: /set twitter_usernames Your_Twitter_Username and /set twitter_passwords Your_Twitter_Password
    (Note: This will store your Twitter password in clear text in irssi’s configuration)
  8. Set charset to use /set twirssi_charset ISO-8859-15
  9. Reload the script to pickup autologin to Twitter: /script load


More information on how to use twirssi is available here