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Twitter For BlackBerry Going Into Public Beta Tonight at 9PM EST

BlackBerry_pictures_QL_1021291800While RIM’s official BlackBerry client has been unofficially in beta for quite awhile you will finally be able to officially get your hands on it tonight at 9PM EST. Now we know “almost here” means at least a month out. I have not been able to confirm if this new version will be the same as the last leaked version but we will see soon enough.

Twitter for BlackBerry smartphones will be available for download from BlackBerry App World (in the Test Center) ( or on BlackBerry Beta Zone ( – for North American and UK users).

Features in the public beta will include: 

Notifications of New Tweets and @Replies/Mentions

  • When an @reply/mention is received, the user will be notified with a splat on the BlackBerry home screen ribbon as well as the application icon
  • Users will also be notified of new tweets in the BlackBerry Messages list

Twitter Lists Functionality

  • Comprehensive option to build a list of Twitter users on any subject
    • Ability to add members to the list and view subscribers of the lists
  • Users can also view other users’ lists

Profile Editing

  • Users can edit their own Twitter profile from the application
  • Users can also change their profile image from the application

Personalization Settings

  • Users can customize the look of the application with the ability to:
    • Show/hide the navigation bar and tweetbox
    • Change the font/style to their own preferred choice

Enlarged Avatar (Profile Picture) Viewing

  • Users can click on a Twitter profile image and it will be enlarged for better viewing abilities

Improved in-Application Caching/Polling

  • Increased on-device caching for Timeline; Mentions to improve application performance

These new features build on Twitter for BlackBerry’s strengths at its original preview launch:

  • Push Notifications for Direct Messages
  • Timeline Support
  • Following & Followers
  • Posting, Sending, Deleting, Replying and Re-Tweeting Tweets
  • User/Saved/Keyword/Proximity Search
  • Tweet Photos/Links
  • Trending Topics
  • Seamless integration into core BlackBerry Applications
  • URL Shortening
  • Auto Update

Twitter for BlackBerry Fun Fact from RIM :)

Did You Know that Twitter for BlackBerry smartphones allows users to follow someone on Twitter with just a click? Simply send your Twitter handle (@xxx) over BBM or email and have a contact click on it. Twitter for BlackBerry will open up and they can start following you right away!

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  1. The top secret beta is…..wait for it, wait for it…..

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