Twitter for BlackBerry Beta Update!


I’m happy to tell you that a new version of Twitter® for BlackBerry® Smartphones is coming soon to the BlackBerry App World™ Test Center. This update should start rolling out tonight and is expected to be completely available by tomorrow evening. If you already have Twitter for BlackBerry smartphones downloaded, however, don’t worry – you will automatically be prompted with an update notification for the new version when it becomes available!

The product team took feedback they’ve been getting from the beta program and are bringing a slew of new features on board. Select the link below to read about the new features, and if you haven’t already, download Twitter for BlackBerry smartphones!

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Quote Tweets
– The new version of Twitter for BlackBerry smartphones allows users to quote a tweet by selecting the “Quote Tweet” from the menu options. Using the new feature adds quotation marks around the original tweet, and users can then add or edit the content of the original tweet.

Username Auto Complete
– While tweeting, when you type an “@” followed by characters, the auto complete feature pops up a list of users as you type. This is a handy tool for quickly adding a long username or if you can’t quite remember how to spell a friend’s handle.

Go to User
– Users can now access Twitter profiles from anywhere within Twitter for BlackBerry Smartphones using the auto complete feature mentioned above. Simply select “Go To User” in the Twitter for BlackBerry smartphones menu.

Whoops! The “Go to User” function is coming in a future version of Twitter for BlackBerry smartphones. Sorry for the confusion!

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Personal Information Guard
Designed to help keep your personal information safe! A warning appears in Twitter for BlackBerry smartphones when certain personal information (e.g. email address, PIN, phone number) is about to be shared.

Additional Photo viewing support
In addition to Twitpic support, users now have the ability to view tweeted photos from YFrog and TweetPhoto!

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View Geotagged Tweets
Twitter for BlackBerry smartphones does not yet allow users to add geolocation to their tweets. In the new version, however, the locations of geotagged tweets can be viewed using BlackBerry® Maps.

New Navigation Hotkeys
A bunch of new hotkeys have been added for speedy navigation. Familiarize yourself with the list below as they are quite helpful:

  • R (reply)
  • L (reply all)
  • Space (page down)
  • F (retweet)
  • C (compose)
  • D (refresh)
  • Alt+0 (home)
  • Alt+1 (mentions)
  • Alt+2 (lists)
  • Alt+3 (profile)
  • Alt+4 (inbox)
  • Alt+5 (find people)
  • Alt+6 (search)
  • Alt+7 (popular topics)

As always, we’d love to hear your thoughts on the new version of Twitter for BlackBerry smartphones, so post a comment below telling us what you think of the new features. Don’t forget to also rate and review the application in BlackBerry App World after you’ve spent some time with it! Most importantly don’t forget to follow us: @BlackBerryBlog @BlackBerry @BlackBerryHelp!

About Sean Hungerford

I’m the head of Product Management for BBM. I lead a team of incredible product managers that work closely with the development and marketing teams to bring the world’s best mobile social networking experience to users on BlackBerry, Android and iPhone. When I’m not busy with BBM you may find me on the tennis court or exploring KW with my Irish R&W Setter named River (for more on him check out my BBM Channel C0024F014 #Shamelessplug).

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