BlackBerry 7: Inside Social Feeds 2.0

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Social Feeds 2.0

The new BlackBerry® 7 OS comes with a bunch of new and updated BlackBerry apps that are designed to make it easier to connect and keep tabs on friends, family and your professional life. One such app is the updated Social Feeds 2.0. With the Social Feeds 2.0 app for BlackBerry 7 OS-enabled smartphones, you can consolidate updates from your social networks and the latest news from your favorite websites into one convenient location with greater control and customization. Let’s take a look at the new features in more detail.

Custom Views

The new “Favorites” feature allows you to create custom views of your updates with filtering options to add or remove specific people, channels, and topics you follow. For example, you can create a view called “Co-Workers” with contacts from Facebook®, Twitter® and BlackBerry® Messenger (BBM™) all in one view. You can also add RSS feeds or add feeds based on a keyword like “BlackBerry” to a custom view, so any feeds related to BlackBerry, regardless of the content source, appear in that view.

Social Feeds 2.0

Social Feeds 2.0

Keyword Search/Universal Search Integration

Social Feeds 2.0 has been enhanced to include deeper integration with the BlackBerry 7 OS. For example, the new Universal Search integration allows you to search your BlackBerry smartphone and pull information from your contacts and content in Social Feeds 2.0. You can also use the new keyword search feature to quickly locate specific topics of interest, or specific content. You can perform a keyword search in a specific view or across all feeds.

Social Feeds 2.0

Enhanced Feed Interactions

From the Social Feeds 2.0 timeline, you can now perform Facebook and Twitter actions on feed items. For example, you can comment and ‘Like’ Facebook feeds, or reply to and retweet Twitter messages right from the Social Feeds timeline.

Social Feeds 2.0

Flagged Items

Advanced Social Feeds users with a lot of information in their feeds will appreciate the new Flagged Items feature. This handy feature lets you mark feeds for viewing at a later date. This is a great feature for getting back to longer news feeds, or as a reminder to follow-up on a friend’s Facebook post.

Social Feeds 2.0

Social Feeds 2.0

Read/Unread Indicator

The read/unread indicator is another great feature if you get interrupted while checking your updates. The new read/unread status indicator bolds what you haven’t yet read, so you’ll never have to question where you left off last. To mark a feed as read (i.e. to unbold it), either click on the feed item or select Mark Read from the menu.

Social Feeds 2.0

Social Feeds 2.0

For help with getting started with Social Feeds 2.0, be sure to check out Ty’s super helpful post on the Inside BlackBerry Help Blog.

Have a question or comment about Social Feeds 2.0? Let us know in the comments section below.

About Kirsty C.

Communication Manager Kirsty joined Research In Motion (RIM) in 2003 and has been working on various aspects of the social networking product portfolio since 2008. Kirsty is a member of the Product Management team responsible for the Facebook for BlackBerry, Twitter for BlackBerry and Social Feeds applications, and works closely with RIM internal teams on product readiness initiatives and go-to-market strategies. As a communications enthusiast and advocate of social media, Kirsty looks forward to contributing to the RIM blog community and connecting with the readers.

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