RIM Jobbers: the Twitter showdown

About a week ago, Blackberry sneakily pushed a version of their Twitter app onto my phone while I was sleeping.

At the time, I was quite happy with Übertwitter (especially in comparison to the craptastic Twitterberry, the Friendster of Twitter apps). I had no plans to use their version, banishing it to my Games folder.

One day, though, the shortcut icon to Übertwitter mysteriously disappeared. Was it bored of overuse? Or did it get kicked out Microsoft-style by a cronyberry app?

So I decided to try Twitter for Blackberry (or T4BB for short, as I am typing this on my Blackberry), to see if I liked it.

After a week, here’s my two cents:

T4BB definitely has a pretty interface, with a navigation bar that makes it easy to search for users and look up trending topics.

It’s easy to navigate and can be set for bigger fonts if you have poor eyesight.

Tweet notifications show up in the messages timeline along with email and Facebook, for nice integration.

Also you can view a whole thread between two parties, to see how a conversation (or slagging match) develops.

That’s all the nice things I can say about it, though.

The refresh for T4BB can only be set for 5 min to 1 hour with no Never setting. And it can only pull 20 to 100 tweets at a time, which means if you follow a lot of accounts and leave it overnight, you’ll miss a lot.

And a message box is always popping up: “Twitter is experiencing a problem” it says. But it doesn’t shut down, so I could do without your complaints T4BB.

With Über you can just type “@” and it pulls up a list of who you follow, makes it easy to add mentions. If you have a flawless memory that is not a problem, but I like the convenience (as I forget my own screenname sometimes).

Another great thing about Über is that mentions to you are highlighted in yellow (and Direct Messages) in green on your timeline. Aside from the ego-boost (Wow TheRealShaq replied to me!), it is nice to see where these messages are chronologically on your main timeline.

A bigger issue I have is how Über incorporates Tweetphoto much more conveniently, where you can send a post directly from a photo you just took, or from an opened photo file. With T4BB you have to scroll down through your media library (with its tiny thumbnails), which anyone who has a lot of pictures knows can be a headache.

The last issue is the one that is the most grave to me. I like how Über allows you to post with Twitlonger for updates of more than 140 characters, which is sometimes unavoidable. When you view someone else’s (or your own) posts that uses Twitlonger on Über (indicated by http://tl.gd/) it automatically loads the rest of the post for you to read. If you live in a 3G enabled country, I guess it is not a big deal to load the extra page address. But here in perpetually 2G Thailand it is an annoyance, and I can do without the additional step.

On the bright side, I discovered when posting a pic of a red-shirt with big guns that I can still post photos using Übertwitter, and if I don’t close the application I can still access it fine. So now I can do both; while I may be in a forced marriage with T4BB, I can still find a way to congress with my beloved Über.

That is, until a better mobile app comes along, at which time I mercilessly dump both of them for a sleeker, newer model.

Tweemmanuelle Chriquiberry, anyone?


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