Review: Twitter for BlackBerry is one heck of a client!



If you have a BlackBerry, and like Twitter, you might have been jealous from your friends with other platforms having good looking twitter clients. Sure UberTwitter changed a lot when it was introduced, but even that has something missing.

Snapshot of the new twitter client

A while ago, RIM was working on the official Twitter app for BlackBerry, and now it’s coming close to the public beta version. From the looks of it, it’s the most advanced Twitter client on BlackBerry, period.

Some of the awesome new features are automatic URL-shortening, easy photo-sharing via TwitPic, push and message list integration (The client sends you a notice when new DMs arrive), as well as search by geolocation.

The public beta will make it’s appearance “later this year” as RIM claims. If you want to be a beta tester, go to https://blackberry.com/twitter and sign up to receive a notification on when the application will be available.

REVIEW:

Integrated perfectly with the BlackBerry Platform:

The Twitter for BlackBerry smartphone application has been designed to take advantage of the BlackBerry platform. It creates a user experience which combines both BlackBerry and Twitter. Some new features which we don’t normally in other clients on the BlackBerry platform:

  • Push technology and Message List integration to notify you when you get a direct message. (instant)
  • Send/Share BlackBerry menu integration using bit.ly URL shortening service, and you can share links and pictures!

Here’s how the Send/Share menu looks like:

Send/Share featureSend/Share feature

You can also share pictures with your twitter followers using TwitPic!

TwitPic integration

Key features:

The Twitter for BlackBerry’s home page contains icons for mentions, user profile, direct messages, search for people, topic search and finally trending topics.

Interface


You can easily see who is following you, and manage who you’re following. Access your profile to manage both lists.

Your profile interface

if you need to talk to your followers, you can send a direct message by going to your Twitter inbox or through your BlackBerry message list.

DMing someone

You can use the search for people to find and follow new people.

People Search

Find out what is being said around you, using the geolocation search filter!

Geolocation search

Check out the current or recent Twitter topics.

Trending topics

It also features the official Twitter Re-Tweet feature.

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As I mentioned above, it’s not available for the public currently, so make sure you sign up at https://blackberry.com/twitter if you want to be notified when the public beta will be available.

It’s an awesome twitter client, but it lags. What do you expect from an unreleased application in beta stages?

Eddie is one heck of a technology lover. He likes everything that catches his eye. He first loved technology when he got his GameBoy console!