Twitter is having a Jabber-based real-time bot firstname.lastname@example.org , which tracks and distributes millions of tweets over instant messengers like Google talk and Yahoo messenger. The tremendous increase of user base and that too in short span of time affected Twitter servers and they were forced to withdraw instant messenger(IM) updates ,out of service .
So I found few alternative services that could be used to drive Twitter updates to your Instant messengers .
1. IMified :
IMified bot supports Twittering through Google talk , MSN messenger and Yahoo messenger .That is , You can receive Twitter tweets from instant messenger interface , after you added email@example.com to your friends list .
Update : Due to server related issues , Imifieds stopped public registration .
I would prefer this one as it supports both sending and receiving of tweets. Another feature is that it supports all most all instant messengers. But in each case , you have to add the corresponding bots into your friends list .
For AIM,Yahoo! Messenger and Skype : twittd ,
For MSN messenger twittd@live .com ,
For Google talk or jabber firstname.lastname@example.org
Select a bot and enter your details as follows
/username “your twitter username”
/password “your twitter password“
So now you can post as well as receive Twitter updates in your instant messenger.
For those who don’t know: Twitter is a web2.0 micro-blogging social networking website that allows users to post their thoughts, comments, and opinions regarding their lives or anything in general using text messages of 160 char in length. In twitter, users have their own profile page that displays their latest updates. In addition, tweeters can become “friends” with one another, or simply be a “follower.”The interaction in twitter is real time so theres a lot of fun evolved in it . Twitter allows the users to post tweets through Twitter website, using SMS, through instant messengers (im) like Google talk, RSS,email and hundreds of free third party applications using twitter API.