RIM recently released their Official Twitter Application for Open Beta. RIM has been working closely with Twitter to develop this App. I’ve been trying it out for almost a month now when it is still under closed beta.
Basically, if you have used a Twitter Client before, the Twitter for BlackBerry app won’t be a stranger to you. Interface is pretty straight forward with all the options available on the top of the screen. You can see your own timeline, mention, DM and list. If there is a Twitpic on the Tweet, it will show you a small thumbnail of the picture before you click on it. You can also view the trend or search either for people or words. Pretty standard thing that you find on most Twitter apps.
What makes the Twitter for BlackBerry application different from others is the integration with BlackBerry services. For example, you can easily Twitpic a photo straight from your photo gallery. Or share a URL straight from your browser.
Mentions and DM will also appear on your BlackBerry Messages where you can reply to DM directly on the BlackBerry Messages without opening the Twitter Application. Cool.
It is worth noting that the Official Twitter Application for BlackBerry uses some private APIs on the RIM platform that third-party developers does not have access to. While this move is certainly good for the consumers, developers who have been making Twitter clients for BlackBerry like UberTwitter is most likely unhappy about it. Afterall, UberTwitter is perhaps the best Twitter application for BlackBerry before the official Twitter for BlackBerry came along.
If you are a BlackBerry and Twitter user, I highly recommend you try out the Twitter for BlackBerry application by RIM. BlackBerry users can download the Twitter for BlackBerry application through App World now.