Official BlackBerry Twitter app gets needed update

BlackBerry maker RIM pours new features into the beta version of its "official" Twitter app.

Twitter for BlackBerry beta

RIM's take on Blackberry Twitter.

(Credit: Screenshot by Jessica Dolcourt/CNET)

It's been almost two months since smartphone maker Research In Motion released a beta version of its "official" Twitter client for BlackBerry.

Starting Wednesday night and continuing through Thursday, RIM will prompt existing BlackBerry Twitter users in the U.S., U.K., and Canada to update their apps.

We're happy to see the ability to edit retweets among the new features, as well as the time-saving convenience feature of auto-completing a contact's @username.

Twitter on BlackBerry now also pops up the location of geotagged tweets in the native Blackberry Maps app. Those who can't live (or live well) without keyboard shortcuts will appreciate hot keys that reply, retweet, refresh, and more.

Other new features include keyboard shortcuts to search for people or interact with lists. In addition, the Twitter app will now warn you before you share personal information with others, like a phone number or your BlackBerry PIN.

While we mentioned that RIM will ping current users about the upgrade, the newly Twitter-curious can visit the Test Center in the BlackBerry App World storefront and keep an eye out for the latest beta build, which is compatible with phones running version 4.5 of the operating system or later.

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