February 28, 2009

Use Notices as your Pidgin status message

Filed under: Gnome,Ubuntu — Bigbrovar @ 6:32 am

While surfing the net feeling bored  (after waking up in the middle of the night and finding it hard to sleep. well that is quite another story) I found a cool pidgin plugin called pidgin-identica-status what it does is Use your  (or infact any ) Identica feed as your pidgin status message

How it works

It grabs an RSS feed and uses the latest update as your Pidgin status message.


First you have to make sure that perl is enabled in pidgin to find out : In Pidgin, navigate to Help->About and find “Perl Enabled” If Perl is not enabled, you may have to install Perl and then re-install Pidgin. (afaik Perl is installed by default on ubuntu so if you are using ubuntu you may skip this step)

Needs the perl rss and the perl simple module to work i easily installed this by

sudo apt-get install libxml-rss-perl libxml-simple-perl
or open the synaptic package manager (Systems/Administration/Synaptic) search for and install

once that is done. Download the plugin from here

and place it in your home diretory under .purple/plugins (.purple is a hidden directory and you have to ctrl+h to see it) if you go to the .purple directory and you don’t see plugins you can create one. (that was what i did in my case.)
then i restarted pidgin (not sure if this is necessary)

Enable Plugin
Goto Tools/Plug-ins

Enable Identica-Status

Make sure you Configure Plugin and put the username you want

Once all is done you would see you notices as you pidgin status.

You can find a similar plug-in for Twiiter here



  1. Hey, nice post! I love Pidgin and plugins like this that make incorporating different internet identities into one app a breeze!

    On a side note, could you please tell me what Font you use for your interface, and what kind of smoothing options you have enabled? It looks stunning!

    Comment by Rob — March 1, 2009 @ 1:30 am | Reply

  2. @Rob i use Redhat Liberation Fonts (which should be installed on ubuntu by default and if not is available in the repo) the font rendering i use is Subpixel Smoothing

    Comment by Bigbrovar — March 1, 2009 @ 9:32 am | Reply

  3. Just passing by.Btw, you website have great content!

    Don’t pay for your electricity any longer…
    Instead, the power company will pay YOU!

    Comment by Mike — March 2, 2009 @ 5:28 pm | Reply

  4. @ Mike thanks . am glad that i find my blog useful

    Comment by Bigbrovar — March 4, 2009 @ 5:41 pm | Reply

  5. kewl plugin..

    Comment by billy — June 13, 2009 @ 5:30 am | Reply

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