Twitter For BlackBerry Official App Vs UberSocial
A bunch of months back I never dreamed I would be writing this post. When what was then called UberTwitter was blocked by Twitter from accessing the API and being used on Twitter for a couple of days I blogged about it and during that weekend went through pretty much every Twitter app for BlackBerry I could get my hands on to find a worth replacement/successor to UberTwitter. The end result of that weekend was as soon as UberTwitter came back under the new name UberSocial I was back on it as fast as possible. Even when BlackBerry and Twitter put a Beta Version of the new official Twitter for BlackBerry app in the BlackBerry Beta Zone I still didn’t even uninstall UberSocial when I decided to give the beta a test run – and then promptly uninstalled the beta because it didnt deliver as promised.
Last night, however, when I was at the BlackBerry OS 7 launch party aka #BB7FanNight I was forced to open the official Twitter for BlackBerry app on my phone when I wanted to tweet a picture. The reason for this was because I took a picture with the one and only legendary Toronto Blue Jay Joe Carter and my friend who took the picture with my Torch took the picture portrait as opposed to landscape (see below). When a picture is taken like this, UberSocial seems to have a problem in that it won’t post the picture upright – it will only post it on its side.
I loaded up Twitter for BlackBerry with the intention of uploading the picture and then going right back to UberSocial…and then I noticed as I was typing the update that – lo and behold – the “hashtag picker” WORKED! (In case you don’t know what I mean by a “hashtag picker” it is the part of the app that remembers your previously used hashtags – such as #BB7FanNight – and autocompletes them for you as soon as you type a # in Twitter.) The app had always had a “name picker” where when you type an @ symbol it brings up a list of people who you follow and autocompletes as you type but that was pretty much a standard and expected feature in any Twitter app and nothing to really write home about.
This was a feature which didn’t work properly in the older versions of Twitter for BlackBerry and which I found integral in a Twitter app on a phone. It was pretty much a deal breaker for me when I had looked at Twitter for BlackBerry all those months ago. Now it was working properly – I was impressed. To be clear, I still don’t think it works quite as well as the UberSocial version of the hashtag picker which actually saves your hashtags when you type them into the dialog box that pops up whenever you type a #. This seems to only save recently used hashtags and I am not sure if it saves hashtags used by you or people in your stream or both.
But, there was more still! Seems that in this (and I don’t know how many previous) incarnations of the official Twitter for BlackBerry app they had PUSH @mention notifications! This was huge for me too as it sped up the amount of time it took for me to receive a reply to a question asked or continue on in a conversation without having to constantly hit the refresh button as I did in UberSocial (which lacks this feature).
One drawback I will mention about Twitter for BlackBerry vs UberSocial is the “Quote Tweet” thing that a lot of apps seem to be doing nowadays. What I mean by that is instead of doing the ‘new’ type of retweet where it just does a direct reposting of another person’s tweet into your feed and doesn’t allow you to add a comment to the tweet it surrounds the tweet with quotation marks. So let’s say I tweet: I like official Twitter for BlackBerry app and someone else were to quote tweet my tweet it would appear as an update that says: “@TheDanLevy: I like official Twitter for BlackBerry app” giving you the opportunity to insert your $0.02 before or after the tweet. The other way I am talking about retweeting which I prefer would show that same tweet above as “RT @TheDanLevy: I like official Twitter for BlackBerry app“. While the quote tweet might give you more characters to play with and that may be the reason that a lot of developers are choosing to use it in their apps I still prefer the way that include the good ol’ RT. But hey, maybe that’s just me.
All in all I am going to be sticking with the official Twitter for BlackBerry 2.0 for right now but I still do have UberSocial installed on my BlackBerry should I ever decide it isn’t worth the switch.
You can download Twitter for BlackBerry FREE from BlackBerry App World at this link http://appworld.blackberry.com/webstore/content/8160?lang=en or by scanning the QR code below with your BlackBerry (which just has that link embedded within it.)
As a final note, the versions of the things I mention in this post are as follows:
- Twitter for BlackBerry version 18.104.22.168
- UberSocial version 1.201
- BlackBerry Torch 9800 running OS version 22.214.171.1240 (2647)
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