For those who have been frustrated by the limited Social Media apps experience (specifically FaceBook and Twitter) on BB10, there are two updates that make good progress in addressing your concerns. A very significant update for the Twitter app, and one for the LinkedIn app have been pushed out. If you read the reviews in BlackBerry App World for the Twitter app, you will many many one star reviews, for the simple reason that the app was
is (I still haven’t received the update) feature limited, and (although nowhere near as much as before) somewhat glitchy. I cannot speak to the LinkedIn app, because I don’t have LinkedIn, however, the update looks to provide many useful new features as well. These updates are huge, because they bring with them a ton of features that bring them more in line with the Android and iOS versions, and it makes them far easier and more convenient to use.
According to the Inside BlackBerry Blog the changes to the Twitter app are as follows:
- Doing more on the Compose Tweet Screen – An enhanced Compose Tweet Screen allows you to take a new photo or add an existing one, add your location, and offers a shortcut for “@”.
- Composing Direct Messages – It’s now easier for you to compose a Direct Message – you can do it right from the “Me” tab within the app. Viewing Direct Messages from your contacts is also available in the BlackBerry Hub.
- Edit Profile – You can now edit your profile picture, header, and details from your BlackBerry 10 smartphone.
- Conversation view – You’ll see full conversation history when clicking on a Tweet.
- Improved Image Viewing – You can now view pic.twitter.com full screen images, as well as pinch to zoom and pan images from the Tweet details. Also, you can view full screen profile pictures from other Twitter users.
- Deleting Tweets – You are now able to delete your own tweets from any screen where their tweet is displayed. It’s as simple as holding down on a tweet and selecting the trash icon.
- Block and Report as Spam – Block and report users as spam.
- Enhanced Menu – Do more from the timeline, with new options to “Quote Tweet” after selecting “Retweet” as well as “Open Tweet” to view the tweet details page.
Just in the short time that I have used the updated Twitter app, it is definitely a huge improvement over the previous version, and brings it to the level of the iOS and Android clients, which is nice. The improvements to the LinkedIn app are as follows:
- LinkedIn Messages – Allows you to quickly message your connections from their profile page.
- Enhanced Job Search tools – You now have access to view, search and save jobs that are ‘Recommended’ for you.
- LinkedIn Today – Choose the LinkedIn news that matters the most by filtering the news by Industries you are interested in.
- Better Image Viewing – Full-screen viewing of LinkedIn profiles for an enhanced visual experience.
These are both quite large updates and very welcome, although I wish theTwitter client in particular hadn’t been so buggy and feature deprived to begin with, but its great to see these issues being dealt with reasonably quickly. I hope we will soon see a similar update for the FaceBook app soon as well, because as it is currently, it is quite (although not as much as the Twitter app was), buggy and feature limited. Among other things, such as the inability to delete posts, there is no chat feature (although there is a messages tab, it makes correspondence much slower then with the chat functionality in the android, and iOS versions). The Nearby and events tab also redirect you do the mobile site, and it scrambles my news-feed, showing posts from long ago, and the present, all in the wrong order. It’s quite frustrating and hopefully we will see a similar update to what we just got for the Twitter and LinkedIn apps for the FaceBook app soon.