Five Tip Friday – Twitter for BlackBerry smartphones

FIVE TIP FRIDAY / 08.24.12 / tywill1

Happy Friday #TeamBlackBerry! To help kick off the weekend, here are five tips and tricks to help you get the most out of the Twitter® for BlackBerry® smartphones app.

Before we begin, if you haven’t already installed the app on your BlackBerry smartphone, simply open the BlackBerry App World™ storefront, press the Menu key, and use the “Scan A Barcode” feature to scan the following barcode:

1. Shortcuts, Shortcuts, Shortcuts!

Depending on which type of BlackBerry smartphone you are using, Twitter for BlackBerry smartphones offers several useful shortcuts. Listed below are five shortcuts that I use the most, but to view them all make sure you check out the Twitter for BlackBerry smartphones User Guide – Shortcuts section.

  • To compose a tweet, press C.
  • To refresh your tweet timeline, press D.
  • To go to the Search screen, press the ALT key and 5.
  • To reply to a direct message or tweet, highlight the direct message or tweet. Press R.
  • To reply to all of the people that are mentioned in a tweet, highlight the tweet. Press L.

2. Notification of Replies and Mentions

After logging into Twitter for BlackBerry smartphones, you will be notified whenever someone who follows you mentions you or replies to a tweet that you’ve sent. You can optionally change this so you get notified whenever someone replies to you or mentions you in a tweet, regardless of whether or not they follow you. To review your notification options and customize this setting – in addition to several useful notification/refresh settings – complete the steps below:

  1. Open Twitter for BlackBerry smartphones
  2. Press the Menu key and select “Options”
  3. To get notified of replies and mentions, check the ‘Notify on replies and mentions’ box
  4. Set your desired ‘When posted by’ setting to either ‘Following’ or ‘All Users’

3. Undo a Retweet

As of Twitter for BlackBerry smartphones v3.1, you now have the ability to undo a retweet. I have a bad habit of retweeting when I should have used the “quote tweet” option, so needless to say, I love this new feature!

All you need to do is highlight your retweet, press the menu key and select “Undo Retweet” as per the following screenshot.

4. Search Nearby Tweets

The next time you are at a concert, sporting event, or just visiting a new place, consider using the Search Nearby feature to stay on top of what’s going on around you. This is a great way to interact with new people and find activities. For example, just the other week I was able to discover an amazing Twitter account that provided me with lots of news on local events, traffic and more while I was at the family cottage.

To run a search for tweets that are nearby as well as other possible search options, complete the following steps:

  1. Open Twitter for BlackBerry smartphones
  2. Select or tap on the Search icon that appears along the top
  3. Type your search criteria and select one of the following options:
  • ‘Search Term’ – A search will be performed.
  • ‘Search Term’ nearby – Only Tweets from nearby geographic locations will be shown.
  • ‘Search Term’ in people – Perform a search for other Twitter users using the search term.
  • ‘Goto @Search Term’ – View a specific Twitter account based on the Search Term that was used.

5. Tweeting on behalf of a business or brand? Use Spell Check!

Looking for an easy way to avoid an embarrassing situation? Consider enabling the Spell Check feature so any Tweets you plan on posting (especially if you are posting on behalf of a business or a brand) do not contain spelling mistakes.

To enable Spell Check in Tweets or Direct Messages, complete the following steps.

  1. Open Twitter for BlackBerry smartphones
  2. Press the Menu key and select “Options”
  3. Select the “Spell Check Before Sending” check box.

Got a tip you want to share? Leave a comment and let us know!

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