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Follow Friday: BlackBerry News and Opinion from the Twittersphere

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This week was particularly special for BlackBerry and Twitter as Twitter are hosting their official conference called Chirp. At the conference we learned a lot about Twitter for BlackBerry, and the awesome impact it has had on the Twitter service. Here are just a few facts we learned about Twitter for BlackBerry:

@criswick First time I’ve seen @BlackBerry positioned as best implementation of an App (Twitter) – better than iPhone :) #chirp
@kylemcinnes With 300K new Twitter users per day, 8% of daily signups are coming via the new Twitter for BlackBerry app. #T4BB
@kylemcinnes Did you know 1.7% of tweets came from Twitter for BlackBerry yesterday? That’s about 850,000 tweets. #T4BB

For a detailed look at how Twitter’s user base and traffic breaks down, check out this awesome graphic by @G_Obieta.

Another interesting fact about Twitter and BlackBerry, is that RIM’s social media team barely use their own product. If you look at their Twitter accounts, they use Co-Tweet, Hootsuite and the web predominantly. I’ve even seen them use Ubertwitter. Personally, I think it gives the wrong impression, and regardless of the fact that they’re sitting at a computer, I think a good internal social media policy would say “if you can’t tweet it from our app, don’t tweet it at all.” Every single one of those tweets should come from Twitter for BlackBerry, and if managing multiple accounts is a hurdle preventing you from using the app, then go to the Twitter for BlackBerry product team and tell them to implement that feature immediately. The perception is that RIM can’t make a Twitter app that is good enough to use internally.

So enough about Twitter for BlackBerry. I’ve compiled a long list of news and opinion tweets from around the twittersphere. There are some fun people to follow here so be sure to check them out.
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Episode 3 of What’s Cool in BlackBerry with BlackBerryCool

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Here is episode 3 of What’s Cool in BlackBerry with BlackBerryCool and Untether.tv. If you have a suggestion for a better name, feel free to leave it in the comments.

This week Rob Woodbridge and myself discuss:

It looks like this might be the revival of the BlackBerryCool podcast, so I’ll be sure to start uploading the MP3s.

BlackBerryCool Roundup for the Week of April 5th

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Another week in BlackBerry and this week really finished with a bang. This week ended with rumors of a BlackBerry tablet coming in 2010, which would be a really interesting turn of events for RIM. We’re constantly seeing RIM diversify their product offerings and this would be yet another business that is almost totally unrelated to smartphones. The tablet rumor came right around the same time that we learned RIM acquired the Ottawa-based QNX, who are a fairly large company with revenues probably in the tens of millions, and specialize in automotive infotainment. Other than the rumor mill, we let everyone know that Twitter for BlackBerry is now in public beta. The app is the official Twitter app for BlackBerry and comes with a wide range of features to integrate Twitter into many facets of your device.

I really recommend checking out the “Other” section of this week’s roundup, as we have a lot of unique editorial content such as a talk with Rob Woodbridge of Untether.TV and Rob Kao of SmrtGuard about the upcoming BlackBerry Shield.
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Twitter for BlackBerry Goes Public Beta at 9PM EST

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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.

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Official Twitter for BlackBerry Leaked Online

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We posted this on the BlackBerryCool Facebook page, but in case you missed it, the Twitter for BlackBerry Beta version 1.0.0.37 has been leaked online.

Download Twitter for BlackBerry Beta version 1.0.0.37.

If you’d like know more about what BlackBerryCool thinks of it, check out:

The Official BlackBerry Twitter App Impressions

Also see a community review here:

The Official BlackBerry Twitter App Impressions

BlackBerry Cool Roundup for the Week of March 22nd

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This was a great week for the BlackBerry Nation filled with OS leaks, new apps, and some good news on the BIS side of things. The BlackBerry Beta Zone launched this week and it’s a great opportunity for the general public to get access to invite-only beta apps. This means you can get an advanced look at the latest BlackBerry Messenger, Desktop Manager, or even OS builds. I’ve heard most of the apps will be available to anyone, but OS builds will be selected based on device and carrier conditions. So if you’re an early adopter, this program is perfect for you.

Speaking of first party RIM apps, we also got some insight on a official BlackBerry apps such as Twitter, Facebook and the yet to be announced BlackBerry Shield. My personal thoughts on RIM’s approach to developing software was outlined in an editorial I wrote this week, and if you’re a developer I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Something that wasn’t mentioned, which I’ll say now without creating a new post, is that BlackBerry Shield will be announced at WES. While it won’t launch for some time later, we do know it will be part of the press announcements. Click through after the jump and get caught up on a week of BlackBerry news.

Speaking of WES, don’t forget to sign up for Zenprise’s Smartphone Support Story contest where they’ll be giving away a free ticket to WES 2010. If you submit a story by video, and you win, they’ll also cover the cost of your flight. Check it out at Facebook.com/Zenprise.

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