I finally got Gwibber to update my facebook feeds, that was a bit of a chore hunting down the correct code.

Also have empathy running for chat, and thunderbird for email.

my question is this: do I need to keep these programs open and minimized in order to get updates from the indicator messages?

It would be nice to run them in the background without taking up more memory by running them at the same time.

Thanks in advance.

Eric