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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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