Ok.. let's not do it this way any more. Since 0.8.6 of twhirl laconi.ca support includes the ability to view the public timeline, so I'd use that so you can use track for more useful purposes.

The new twhirl beta is out now and can be set up to support the TWiT Army - 'tis a glorious thing indeed. I know spaz has had support for some time, but it just didn't cut it for me. Anyway, a number of people have expressed an interest in viewing the public timeline in twhirl, so until the wonderful folks there do just that here's my quick primer on how to get the public feed into twhirl.

  • Set up twhirl (the 0.85 beta or later). The instructions in their blog post should be plenty to get that done. (Don't forget your login name is username@army.twit.tv)
  • Set up a jabber account. I personally used my gmail (gtalk) account, but you could use any of the other jabber servers out there.
  • Add laconica@west.spy.net as a friend in your jabber/gtalk/xmpp client.
  • Tell laconica@west.spy.net track source:twitarmy. This will track all messages coming from twitarmy (ie the public feed)
  • Set up your twhirl to include the XMPP feed (instructions also on their blog post), and you're done.

If you don't want to track the full public timeline then laconica@west.spy.net can do other tracking requests. Just sent it 'help' for a command list.

If you don't want to use twhirl at all and would rather use ubiquity to post and read from within firefox, there are a group of TWiT Army commands at this page.