A pre-release of Twitter for BlackBerry was just released, and, after a day of playing around with it, I will say the it won’t affect the good third party BlackBerry Twitter client’s at all if RIM doesn’t significantly increase the speed.
One type of application that the BlackBerry has no shortage of is BlackBerry Twitter clients. There were at least 12 BlackBerry Twitter clients last time we checked back in the summer of last year, and several new apps have made their way on to the seen scene.
Some BlackBerry Twitter clients are free, some are premium, and a few are taking the Google approach of always being in beta and we don’t know if there will be a charge or not. In case you didn’t know, Research in Motion is working on an official Twitter for BlackBerry application. It is rumored to be awesome and supposedly is coming out soon.
We just have one question…
What affect will the official Twitter for BlackBerry App have on third party BlackBerry Twitter clients?
I believe that the most downloaded Blackberry application to date is Facebook for BlackBerry Smartphones. Something tells me that that Twitter for BlackBerry Smartphones (if RIM decides to keep with their naming convention) will be the biggest BlackBerry app since Facebook. Even though several of the third party BlackBerry Twitter clients are quite good, they may be swept up in the wave that is the official Twitter client for BlackBerry and all of the marketing surely to surround it upon its release.
Research in Motion is working on an official Twitter for BlackBerry application. It is rumored to be awesome …
Somehow I doubt it.
Depends on how good the app is. Plain and simple.
Facebook maybe the most downloaded BlackBerry app to date, but interface is so slow that accessing the wap site is the better solution mobile wise. For the official RIM twitter app to succeed, it should be more robust than all the 3rd party twittter apps. combined.
Until I see this, will definitely stick with the 3rd party app I have running.
I certainly agree about the Facebook program. Its slow…better to go to the mobile site. And to find friends, its a nightmare. The mobile site is so much faster, but hope they give it an upgrade. Its a bit plain.
I think it would be great to see a third party Facebook app. The current one is really lacking. My friends iPhone Facebook is awesome. The Blackberry version should be on par.
Its gonna take a lot to beat ubertwitter!
IF it is full featured, with support for twitlonger, trending topics, old style retweets, location tagging, etc then I could see it ruling the twitter landscape. “Pushing” the timeline won’t be enough anymore, not if it wants to be the sole twitter client.
it doesn’t have old style retweet..
you can’t edit the retweet on the twitter for BB app..
If you really think about it, RIM’s Twitter client doesn’t have to be better than everything else. It just has to be good enough to keep people from paying money for third party clients.
Made their way on to the “scene” not “seen.”
who alerted the spelling police?
if the new apps will be simple as blackberry ….
it will be the winner
we asked our twitter followers the same, and it seems like most are confident in this new app and strong believe its integration will go good hand in hand with the BlackBerry platform.
If it’s a crappy as the Facebook application, I don’t think it’ll make much of a dent.