Twync is a Twitter to Federated Lync IM bridge or in simple terms, Twync is a tool that enables Lync users to receive "Tweets" from Twitter in their IM client. Twync is currently a one-way bridge that allows traffic in the form of tweets from Twitter to flow into a Lync IM client, it's very simple to use and requires no software to be installed (client or server) provided your Lync environment has either open federation or is federated with Event Zero.

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How to use Twync

How to use Twync

To use Twync simply send an IM with the text "help" (without the quotes) to twync@eventzero.com and Twync will respond with a list of commands some of which are described below.


Twync modes

Twync has several different modes for sending Instant Messages from Twitter - Active (Default), Always, and Queue. In Active mode Twync will only send IM's from Twitter subscriptions if you're Lync Presence Status is Active at the time the tweet was sent. This means that if a tweet is sent while you are off line, idle or busy you will not receive an IM.

When Twync is in Queue mode, it will queue up any tweets received for a maximum of 30 days while your Lync presence is in any of the off-line, idle or busy states and send them when you become active again.

In Always mode, Twync will send each tweet from your subscriptions reguardless of your Lync presence.

To change Twync modes, you can send the text "mode always", "mode active", or "mode queued" to twync@eventzero.com. Twync will then operate in the selected mode.

Following a twitter account

To follow any twitter account, send the text "follow @twitter_acount" (where twitter_account is the name of the twitter account that you would subscribe to on twitter) to twync@eventzero.com from your Lync IM client. Twync will then respond with a confirmation of your new subscription.

Unfollowing a twitter account

Yep - you guessed it in one. To unfollow a twitter account send the text "unfollow @twitter_account" (where twitter_account is the name of the account you want to unfollow) to twync@eventzero.com. Twync will respond with a confirmation that the subscription has been removed.

Show all accounts you're following

To see all of the Twitter accounts that you are following, you can issue the show subscription command by sending the text "show subscriptions" to twync@eventzero.com and Twync will respond with a list of all of the accounts you're following.

Unfollow all subscriptions

If you would like to quickly unfollow all of your subscriptions, you can simply send the text "unfollow all" to twync@eventzero.com and Twync will unfollow all of your subscriptions with the one command.


A special thanks to Pat Richard who kindly came up with the name Twync and allowed us to use it.

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