I just got word from BlackBerry-maker Research In Motion (RIM) that the company's much-anticipated Twitter for BlackBerry social-networking application will be publicly released today at 9 PM EST. The app is still in beta, and as such, it could still be packing a bug or two. But the release should put smiles on the faces of many Twitter-addicted BlackBerry users.
I've been using Twitter for BlackBerry for a number of weeks now, and I though it hasn't replaced TweetGenius as my BlackBerry Twitter app of choice, it's growing on me. Specifically, I like how the application integrates with native BlackBerry messages inbox, so you can quickly check tweets, replies and direct messages from that central location. The version released today will also include a few new "tweaks," according to the company. From RIM:
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
- Users can edit their own Twitter profile from the application
- Users can also change their profile image from the application
- 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
The app also apparently lets you rapidly connect with someone on Twitter, by sending your Twitter handle over BBM or email. The reciept then needs only to click on it, and Twitter for BlackBerry will launch.
You can download Twitter for BlackBerry tonight from BlackBerry App World. And if you can't wait to get your own thumbs on the app, check out the in-depth visual walkthrough I posted when the beta was first released to early testers.