Guest Post: ÜberTwitter for BlackBerry

by Ben Smith on 2nd July 2009

We haven’t really talked Blackberry much around these parts since we launched, so mobile guru, man of the people and all-round mobile guru Terence Eden has graciously stepped in to dig us out of that hole.

It’s been a long time since my last post about Twitter on the BlackBerry.

Back then I concluded that Dabr wasn’t quite up to snuff – how wrong I was! In the last year it has come on leaps and bounds. I’ve even contributed a few suggestions and lines of code.

Without a doubt, Dabr is the best general mobile web client for Twitter.

As my main device is a BlackBerry, I wanted something that integrated a little better. The Facebook app hooks in with email, calendar and even adds profile pictures to the address book. Is there anything similar for Twitter?

Enter ÜberTwitter - the finest client for the BlackBerry that I’ve used. Here are the reasons why…

Top posting

Top Posting and Reply Highlighting

Top Posting and Reply Highlighting

Every web client I’ve found imposes the wrong reading order! Take a look:

Alice: Oh, I see!
Bob: Because it makes it hard to follow a conversation.
Alice: Why?
Bob: No.
Alice: Is top posting a good idea?

Previously, whenever I loaded up twitter, I was faced with the newest tweets first. This means coming in at the wrong end of the conversation. Although hard to show in screenshots, ÜberTwitter overcomes this by keeping the cursor on your last read tweet and loading the others above it. So you scroll up to read in the correct order!

Feature Request: I’d rather scroll down – or have the option of reversing the reading order. English speakers read top to bottom.

GPS Integration

GPS Integration

GPS Integration

You can add your location in real time. This is also useful for searching nearby.

Seach using location

Search using location

Picture Integration

Image Thumbnail

Image Thumbnail

Full size images

Full size images

This is something which Dabr also does very well.  If a tweet contains a link to a picture, you can see the picture in-line.

Sending Pictures

Upload pictures from the gallery

Upload pictures from the gallery

Again, Dabr allows similar functionality by posting via Twitpic.  But because ÜberTwitter is an application, it hooks in to the OS to allow you to post straight from your photo gallery.

#HashTag Integration

Hashtags in Facebook

Hashtags in Facebook

Hashtag search

Hashtag search

When you have a hashtag in a non-twitter message, you can click it. I’m not sure if this applies only to the Facebook app.

Others

I don’t intend to comment on every aspect, so here are some representative screenshots.

Trending Topics

Trending Topics

Take a picture from within the client

Take a picture from within the client

Detailed follower information

Detailed follower information

Counts character usages and alerts when you're over the limit

Counts character usages and alerts when you're over the limit

Conclusion

This may be a beta product, but it is much better than most *shipping* software!
There are some minor niggles (can’t block or unblock, no alerts on new replies or new messages) but it is otherwise complete.

If you’ve got a BlackBerry, you owe it to yourself to get ÜberTwitter.

Terence blogs at http://shkspr.mobi/blog/

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