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Emacs Identica-mode 1.3.1: Quick bug fix release

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I just want to give a heads up to all who downloaded Identica-mode 1.3 that some bug fixes were done yesterday very quickly and the oficial stable release is 1.3.1 as of now. The main issue was a bug displaying all messages highlighted as replies when the timeline was in ‘oldest first’ preference mode. Also there were some other minor fixes.

The link on the previous post points to the latest release, but you can download Identica-mode 1.3.1 here as well.

I’d like to give special thanks to Alexandre Oliva for his feedback and very quick response sending the patches for this.

Code bug photo is Creative Commons by Gui Tavares on Flickr
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Identica-mode 1.3 release

favorite message marked in timeline
Favorite messages are now marked in timeline

After the buggy 1.2.1 release and a long bug fixing development time, the new Identica-mode 1.3 is released. Lately I’ve been relying more on releasing through package.el and the MELPA repository whenever I push changes to the main branch on the Git repository. But then I received some emails requesting for an official stable release for package maintainers and for people who don’t feel comfortable using development releases.

### What changed

Among many of the changes and bug fixes, here are the most relevant:

– Fix eLisp functions incompatibilities between some builds of Emacs 23.1 and later versions (a big bug in 1.2.1 release)
– Auto-detect from server instance the character limit
– Added favorite icon on format line to identify favorite messages
– Format line can now display user profile URLs using “%U” token
– Added reply to all feature, by pressing ‘A’ on a message will reply to sender and all mentioned usernames
– Fixed URL shortening bug returning the DTD instead of the real link
– Added highlighting of replies without username mention (the new reply format on 1.x)
– Conversations (context) can now be retrieved by pressing C-c C-c on any message.
– Remote user timeline retrieval with C-c C-o
– On identica-friends list, pressing ENTER in a group or user makes Identica to load its timeline.
– Deletes HTTP retrieved temporary buffers to avoid high memory usage over time
– Optimized fontification code that renders the timeline in the buffer
– Many fixes and optimizations

You can review the history of the project’s development at Identica-mode’s code repository web interface.

### Get it

Click to download Identica-mode 1.3 release

Or if you prefer to get the latest releases using MELPA repository for package.el which is now part of Emacs 24.

Or get the latest development code directly from the Git repository without using package.el at

### Contribute

Your feedback, bug reports and code contributions are really appreciated to keep improving this project. Contact me on or send a message to the Identica-mode group. You can also donate a tip via Paypal.

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Identica-mode 1.2 with OAuth support released

The time has come to set up a new stable release for Emacs Identica-mode microblogging client.

It’s been almost a year since last release, but many people have been following the project’s progress through the git repository updates.

identica-mode 1.2


Download the identica-mode 1.2

The two most relevant features of this release is first, support for OAuth (requires using oauth.el). This enables users who log in via OpenID accounts to be able to use Identica-mode as their client. The other big feature is the support for conversation timelines. Now you can press C-c C-c while cursor is on a notice to display that notice’s conversation timeline. Conversation timelines are not available on statusnet servers prior to 1.0 version, since the API didn’t include conversation ids until then. I’d like to give special thanks Kevin Granade for his time and effort on these two very requested features.

To use OAuth authentication instead of the default plain auth, add this to your .emacs file:

(setq identica-auth-mode "oauth")

Another very requested feature for those who won’t switch to OAuth, is to store the login credentials in a safer way than storing it in plain text in your elisp configuration files. Emacs can read authinfo and netrc files for authentication information. You can even encrypt the authinfo using EasyPG.

All you need to do is create a file ~/.authinfo (~/.authinfo.gpg if using encryption) and add the following:

machine servername login yourusername password yourpassword

Replace servername with your server (if connecting to Identica service, use as server name), yourusername and yourpassword with your information. If you setup your authinfo file, you don’t need to set identica-password variable anywhere.

What’s new

  • OAuth support
  • Added support for authentication credentials stored in ~./authinfo (plain or encrypted) and ~/.netrc files instead of plain text elisp
  • Expand short urls by pressing ‘e’ while cursor is on a short url
  • Added to url shortening services
  • Added countdown minibuffer-prompt style
  • Retrieve server config page to set text limit of notices
  • Added conversation timeline support (only for APIs in 1.0+), when pressing C-c C-c over a notice it will display its conversation timeline
  • Added zebra stripes styling to timeline

Bug fixes

  • Fix highlighting of notices that are a reply to you but don’t have your nick in the text (as 1.0 change)
  • Always crop avatars to 48×48 pixels
  • Improved vertical spacing between notices
  • Fixed icon placement when displaying dents in reverse order
  • Identica-mode buffer will no longer get killed on network error
  • Fixed support for gravatar images
  • Lots of code cleanup
  • Many other minor bugfixes

There is also a mailing list for the project to discuss any new features, ideas or bugs.

Hope you like the new release and thanks to everyone who during this cycle has spent time reporting bugs or sending patches. Your contributions are very valuable and keep improving this project.

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The people from StatusNet have released, intended to be a social bookmarking site to replace the almost dead And I say intended because its more than that. Its actually a modified instance of the microblogging software, so you can use it as you use or twitter, but tags, links, images and videos get displayed differently than on the default versions, making it the perfect mix between microblogging and social bookmarking. You get all the benefits of the social and federated microblogging platform, like groups, tags and threaded conversations with your bookmarks.

You can import bookmarks from and there’s a bookmarklet so you can save any site quickly from your browser. The best part, is that you can also use Emacs Identica-mode with to save your bookmarks from Emacs!

I hope that these changes also make it to to make it even more awesome than it is now.


Emacs Identica-mode release v1.1

Since the last official release, there’s been a lot of work on the Identica-mode for Emacs. Its been a while since the last release and probably most users have been using the development version directly from the Git repository. Even though I try to make the development branch as stable as possible, official releases give some users more confidence and ditributions (like Arch, so far I know of) can name their packages with some versioning reference.

Download Emacs Identica-mode 1.1

What’s new on v1.1

  • Added “natural” repeating, mapped to the “r” key
  • Added icons to indicate if automatic timeline updates are on or off
  • Can now delete notices
  • Added option to show timeline in reverse order (newest at the bottom)
  • Added support to recognize urls without the “http://” part (some clients like Choqok use this syntax)
  • Added support to recognize unicode urls
  • Added option to limit number of dents in timeline
  • Removed dependency on cURL to shorten URLs with
  • and many bug fixes

I hope you enjoy using identica-mode as much as I do. I’d also like to share my joy of developing and improving it as well, so if you have any ideas or code contributions, please use the project’s Savannah page.

Any donations to support the development of this project are very much appreciated. Thank you for using, contributing or supporting Emacs Identica-mode.