I just found Freetalk – a tiny console based Jabber client. I love it! It has almost no memory footprint, it doesn’t steal focus like some of the GUI apps and (which is possibly the bast part) it doesn’t look like an IM client:
Someone watching you from a distance would probably think that you are diligently doing something in bash. This makes it an ultimate client to use at work to inconspicuously talk to your GTalk friends or send and receive Twitter updates. :mrgreen:
I had only one issue with it. On the first run it barfed out on me giving me a screenfull of errors. Then I did /setup to create a new .freetalk folder shut it down with /quit and when I started it back it prompted me for my jabber id and password and connected without any problems.
Here are few tips that might not be entirely obvious at first. To send a message to someone, simply start with their full jabber ID (including server) like this:
email@example.com you suck!
Remember – the “you suck!” part of the code is vital. You must include it with every message. ;) Freetalk will actually copy the username for you on subsequent lines so that you don’t have to type it all the time. To send a message to someone else, simply backspace few times until you delete the name, and put in a new one.
To set your status use the /status comand:
/status ZOMG! Lion! Get in the car!
Not sure if there is a windows version (probably you could get it via cygwin), but on Ubuntu just search for freetalk in apt repositories.
[tags]freetalk, jabber, gtalk, twitter, im, instant messaging[/tags]