First of all, I wanted to thank BlackBerry Cool for the chance to win a invitation code for “Twitter for BlackBerry” through Facebook! I am already getting good use out of the app and I thought I would share some of my thoughts about the app.
When I heard for the first time that RIM was working on a Twitter app my first reaction was negative. My thoughts were “leave it up to the third party developers to build Twitter applications.” After giving it some thought, and seeing some of the leaked photos that were circulating on the Internet, I started to change my mind. After all, RIM is the king of the “push” that we have all come to love! For the past few months I have been anxiously awaiting the release of the application only to be disappointed to hear that it was coming out in “Semi-Private Beta.” When I saw that BlackBerryCool was giving away two invites through their Facebook fan page, I quickly commented on the post and rest is history. I have used every twitter application that I know of at this time, and already this is one of my favorites.
This application has most of the features we have come to expect out of a Twitter app. Helpful features include @replies and Direct Messages are pushed to your device. You can also choose to have your DM’s in your BlackBerry Message folder and even respond from within the folder without opening the application. Trends, Tweets Nearby, Search Re-Tweets, the ability to follow, unfollow, and block users and check twitter profiles by clicking on their tweet are all possible with the app.
I like the way you can use the application from the browser to send links to Twitter. You can also upload pictures to twitpic. The app has, in my opinion, one of the best UI’s I have ever seen on a Twitter application. I like for my Social Networking application to remind me of the original web page of that particular network. I believe this app does a great job of having that twitter look and feel. I’m sure there are more functions that I may have not discovered but the above really sticks out for me.
There are a few things I would like to see come to Twitter for BlackBerry. One is the “friend picker” option. From time to time I like to mention people in my tweets. With all the twitter names out there it is sometimes a task to remember exactly how that person spells their twitter name. With “friend picker” all you have to do is press the @ symbol and your followers and those you follow user names pop up and allow you to choose the name you are looking for. The other feature I would love to see is push for @replies. I would love to set my twitter application on refresh manually and never have to wonder if someone has @replied or mentioned me in a tweet. I thought this feature would be in here, but maybe the next build.
Finally, I think at the end of the day we have to tell ourselves that this application is still in beta and there is work to do. So far, I think RIM is on the right track with this application. I’ve noticed it’s slow here and there when trying to switch from the your timeline to @mentions or direct messages. I haven’t experienced as much “lag” as I have read and heard from other users. I am not saying that they are not telling the truth, I just haven’t seen it that much myself. Also, I’ve noticed this app has been good on my battery life which is always good.
Well, this is it for now. You can follow me on twitter @donniejett.
Again, BIG thanks for the chance to win, and being the voice of the BlackBerry Community!