The BlackBerry Cool staff made a resolution that 2009 would be a year of giving back to the BlackBerry community. So just because we’ve given away 2500+ free beta trials of the new BOLT browser in the past two days, don’t expect us to stop. Today we have BlackBerry Cool 15 presenter Ubiquitous Systems, with 200 closed beta invites for their SocialScope application. SocialScope is a social networking application that allows you interact with your Facebook and Twitter accounts at once. Interested? I thought so.
To sign up for the closed beta (I wouldn’t right now if you’re a BlackBerry Storm user), simply follow the link below and hope you’re one of the first 200 people (we’ll work SocialScope for more invites). If you missed out, worry not: our hands on impressions, a list of new feature additions (yep, SocialScope hooked us up with the newest build) and a gallery of screenshots are after the jump.
SocialScope Hands-on Impressions
— I wouldn’t download SocialScope yet if you’re a BlackBerry Storm user, as support isn’t really built in for it yet. If you must, then make sure to turn off Compatibility Mode.
— The amount of things I can do with my Twitter account via SocialScope is great – retweet, favorite, it’s all there. Facebook is a little more limited (I have to log in to Facebook to look at photos?), but I believe that is a testament to how much more open the Twitter API is. That being said, I love that you can add Facebook friends directly to your BlackBerry Address Book.
— Being able to ‘Tab out’ your favorite friends or followers is an incredible feature, and makes sure you don’t miss the important stuff.
— SocialScope users now have the ability to set their refresh rate. I don’t know what the ‘auto’ setting is, but the lowest is 5 minutes, which doesn’t seem low enough to me.
— Being able to customize what you receive notifications for is great. You can choose between Twitter replies, DM’s, or all messages (good luck!).
— Adding photos or links, even while not in SocialScope, is bonus. Great, great feature.
SocialScope Feature List
– SocialScope integrates your Twitter feed and Facebook updates into one application.
– A tabbed Interface so you never miss replies, direct messages or updates from specific contacts
– View all your social network status updates and picture updates in one place
– Address Book Integration allows you to save your contacts’ social network information and see there updates from the address book
– Support for standard BlackBerry shortcuts, r – reply, d – direct message, c – compose update, b – bottom, t – top, f – favorite
– Post updates directly from your Inbox
– Twitter search support with #topics highlighting throughout BlackBerry
– @username highlighting
– One click access to the “in reply to” messages
– BlackBerry spell checker support
– Tabbed Interface so you never miss replies, direct messages or updates from specific contacts
– A direct message interface that makes it easier to see conversations
– Post pictures via TwitPic from the camera or BlackBerry Media app
– URL Shrinking with bit.ly with the BlackBerry Browser integration
– NEW! Profile Notifications (Experimental) for each message type
– NEW! Refresh Rate Control (Experimental)
– NEW! ReTweet capability
– NEW! Added Follow/UnFollow
– NEW! Remembers posting preference