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Twitter Founder Jack Dorsey Was Inspired by RIM 850 Pager

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BlackBerry 850 Pager

Twitter has become an integral part of the BlackBerry experience. With a RIM-developed Twitter client and a close-working relationship, the two companies have a close-knit relationship. Apparently, Twitter’s founder, Jack Dorsey, was inspired to create Twitter while using the RIM 850 Pager. According to Dorsey:

“I loved seeing at a glance my friends status updates. But I also really appreciated at the same time the dispatch aspect, where you’re out in the world doing something away from the keyboard and IM did not allow that,” said Dorsey. “I had a RIM pager, the 850, the first email device. I programed a system where I could fire off an email from that and set my status from anywhere. And it worked! And I was able to also at a regular interval pull my buddy list and get those updates sent to my email address. It was awesome! But the number of people who had those mobile devices was so minimal that the timing was just not right. This was 2001.”

The concept of automatic status updates is interesting and it’s lost on a lot of modern services. Consider the “check-in fatigue” that foursquare users experience. An automatic status update or check-in, is way ahead of its time and much needed for social networks that require manual input.

BlackBerry Beta Zone Open Invitation for IM Apps

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The BlackBerry Beta Zone is running an open beta for all members to try the latest versions of the first party instant messaging services. It seems all the betas are maintenance releases which means it’s not all that exciting to get involved.
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BlackBerry Instant Messenger clients updated to 2.5

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RIM is on an updating roll bringing all the IM clients to 2.5 with some new features. Apart from being OS 5.0-compatible, the new clients feature deeper integration with BlackBerry address book contacts, conversation search function, and better emoticon selection.

There is also a new feature that allows you to save a favorite contact as a home screen icon for even faster navigation.

Grab the latest version of your favorite flavor IM client:

Yahoo! Messenger

Google Talk

Windows Live Messenger

AOL Instant Messenger

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