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twitter client for linuxFeaturing a blazing-fast load time and a quick, animated interface, Hotot, a Twitter client for Linux offers a slick way to access Twitter. If you wish your Linux experience was a bit more like the iPhone or iPad you’ll probably love this application, though those who prefer a traditional user interface might find themselves lost in the uniqueness of it all.

One thing can’t be questioned, though: this sucker is fast. It’s quick to load and quick to browse; perfect for those frustrated with Gwibber.

I’ve already shown you 5 Linux Twitter clients you’ve probably never heard of, focusing on lightweight programs that don’t depend on the likes of Adobe Air. If you liked that list, but didn’t quite like what you found, you should probably check out Hotot (assuming, of course, that you haven’t given up desktop clients for the new Twitter 5 Linux Twitter Clients You Probably Don't Know About 5 Linux Twitter Clients You Probably Don't Know About Read More ).

Using Hotot

Fire up Hotot for the first time and you’ll be asked to log in. You can do so the old-fashioned way or by using OAuth. Once you do you should see your Tweets just the way you’d expect:

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Buttons along the bottom allow you to quickly change from one view to the other. For example, you can see “@” responses all in one place:


The other columns included are direct messages, favorite tweets, retweets, user profiles and searches. Clicking any of these results in a slick sliding animation takes you to your selection.

That’s Weird…

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“But wait,” you’re saying, “this user interface doesn’t really match my Gnome/KDE theme!”

You’re right, of course, but next time don’t interupt me. I’m trying to blog.

Hotot’s user interface is entirely self-contained, not making use of the traditional locations for buttons and forgoing the “File Edit View” menu bar completely. The result is a program that feels more like a website or an iPhone app, which for a Twitter client I don’t think is completely unreasonable. The layout of this program seems logical to me.

You might disagree though, and I’d be disappointed if you didn’t tell me what you think in the comments below.


Install this program on Ubuntu is easy: just add the PPA and away you go. Here are the commands to do so:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:hotot-team
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install hotot

If you don’t use Ubuntu you need to install from source, at least for now. Check out Hotot’s installation page to find out how to install Hotot on your Linux distribution of choice.

Other Features

  • URL shortening.
  • Photo uploading.
  • Plugin interface for third party developers.
  • Keyboard shortcuts for quick browsing.
  • Press “Alt” and “C” anytime to bring up the program instantly.


So we’ve got a slick, fast client for Twitter here. Is there any reason to stick with more bloated options, such as Gwibber or Tweetdeck?

Currently, yes. Right now the program only supports logging into one Twitter account at a time, which will turn off many who manage multiple accounts. The client also only supports Twitter at this time, which is a little disappointing to those of us who use Gwibber to check both Twitter and Facebook at once.

That doesn’t mean these features won’t be included eventually, however; they probably will. This project is still Alpha, after all (although you wouldn’t know it from how well it runs). I’m willing to bet this one program will do pretty much everything this time next year, and I’ll be watching closely.

What do you guys think? Is this a pretty cool Linux Twitter client, or is the market simply too flooded for another? Do you like the animated user interface, or will you be sticking with an old-fashioned program? Let us know below; we love talking with you guys.

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  1. Hel M.
    December 30, 2010 at 4:21 am

    Ugh, the new twitter has pushed me to desktop clients!

  2. Mike D
    October 29, 2010 at 2:05 am

    Hootsuite James

  3. James Thoenes
    October 25, 2010 at 6:37 pm

    I really need a Twitter client that can show the stream from a list separate from the standard stream. Allows me to follow more people but keep a close eye on Tweets from those I don't want to miss.

  4. Forexa
    October 20, 2010 at 5:06 pm

    Since echofon stopped the support of customized firefox installations, I couldn't find simple and good enough twitter client. Gwibber is too buggy and laggy, and ugly.Hotot looks nice, and has everything I need plus much more. But I am not sure it is so lightweight and fast.Writing a tweet is very slow and have to wait for the letters to appear just like on the twitter website (this happens only there, facebook and all others work just fine). "the new twitter" makes me mad, too laggy and I dont see what is the new and really useful in it.