I liked Adium in Mac OS X because it allows me to use all IM services (AIM, facebook, etc.), IRC, and Twitter in one application. For some reason Pidgin (based on libpurple like Adium) did not have Twitter support natively. This site shows how, but it did not work. It appears pidgin-microblog in Ubuntu is deprecated. To get it to work, do
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ikuya-fruitsbasket/ppa sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install pidgin-mbpurple
The front page of the project’s site mentions to use update to v0.3.0, so this is needed from the PPA.