The official Twitter for BlackBerry goes public beta tonight at 9PM EST. Everyone will be able to download the app and give it a try. While the app has been in private beta for some time now, it will be great to finally open it up to the general public and let everyone have a go.
The latest version that will launch tonight includes some features that were not in the private beta such as:
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.
These new features build on Twitter for BlackBerry’s original feature set that includes:
- 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 will also be integrated such that you can write your Twitter handle (eg @w4lnut) in BBM or email, and users can access your account right from the app.
Twitter for BlackBerry will be available for download in the BlackBerry App World Test Center or on Beta Zone.