A new development snapshot of up-and-coming Twitter application Polly has been made available for download.

This pre-alpha, now at version 0.93.0, adds support for ‘real-time updates’ in most streams (home, mentions, home+replies, retweeted by me, etc)

Polly adds realtime updating

Realtime updating mean you no longer need to manually refresh a stream in order to see the latest tweets or mentions.

Instead, tweets appear pretty almost as soon as they are posted – or in the case of deletion as quickly as a mistake is noticed!

Other features

Although not new in this specific release, other features of polly include: –

  • Multiple account support
  • Auto-completion of nicknames
  • Spellchecking
  • Configurable URL shortening
  • Support for various streams, including combined home+replies, replies, search, user streams, and inbox
  • Support for conversation ‘context’
  • Media uploading
  • Easy Tweet favoriting, reply, retweeting
  • Collapsable input box


Polly Pre-Alpha 3.0 can be installed in Ubuntu 11.04 and 11.10 by using the Polly Unstable Builds PPA.

To do this, add ‘ppa:conscioususer/polly-unstable’ to your Software Sources, run an update, and then install ‘Polly’ from the Ubuntu Software Centre.

As a pre-alpha application you should not expect Polly to be reliable, free of bugs or otherwise. Any bugs you encounter should be reported here.

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