I decided to give gwibber a go as a means to follow Twitter and Facebook status updates. There seems to be an issue though with Gwibber and the Gnome indicator panel in that notifications of new messages never show up. Looking into the issue it appears that Gwibber switched to solely using libappindicator for this which as far as I can tell is an Ubuntu only library. Fedora has a bug report on this here:
Is there anyway to get libappindicator working in openSUSE 11.3 or an alternative way to get the notification icon working? Alternatively, is there a GTK microblogging client alternative someone can suggest that integrates well with openSUSE?