How to enable Gwibber multi-column

With Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx comes Gwibber 2.30.  This is the default microblogging client for Lucid Lynx.  Gwibber is not just for Twitter despite what the name strongly suggests.  It brings the most popular social networking web services to your Linux desktop namely Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, Qaiku, StatusNet, FriendFeed, Identi.ca and Digg.

The most recent release of Gwibber which is version 2.30 brought a lot of changes to the client.  Most exciting of all is the support for multi-column user interface.  You can select which streams are viewable per column.  A drop-down menu allows you to do this.

This is a very welcome change for everyone that is all about status messages, tweeting and sharing every little detail of their lives.  Not only does it make updating simpler, it also makes having many accounts easier to read and follow.

By default Gwibber doesn’t turn automatically into multi-column even if you have more than one account added.

So how do you enable multi-column?

Just click on Gwibber menu then select New Stream. Voila!  The new column expands to the right.  Just adjust the size of the window and you’re all set.  The image below shows the new stream being selected from the menu.  You can also use the keyboard shortcut which is Ctrl + N.

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Notice: This article was published on July 16, 2010 and the content above may be out of date.