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BlackberryUsing your Blackberry to stay plugged into your favourite social networks may not occur to you to be one of the first ways to use your smartphone, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t a few useful apps for keeping up with what’s going on Facebook, Twitter and a few other popular networking sites 10 Specialized Social Networks For You To Join 10 Specialized Social Networks For You To Join Read More .

The four free Blackberry apps listed below, all available on Blackberry’s App World, will enable you to access information posted by friends on social networking sites, or to post photos, videos and updates yourself.

iTookThisOnMyPhone

Sharing photos and videos on multiple social networks using iTookThisOnMyPhone is seamless – once you have it set up.

To use ITookThisOnMyPhone, you will have to sign up for an account, which you can easily do once you have installed the app from the Blackberry App World, or if you’d prefer you can do so on their website here.

When you first install the program, you can set up which websites you would like to share your media on simultaneously – with Facebook, YouTube and Photobucket available for photos and videos, and Flickr, Picasa, Shutterfly, TinyPic, TwitPic, TwitrPix and Webshots for photos only.

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The app adds an option in your menu to upload videos or photos. Uploading videos or photos is done directly from the photo/video folder. Bringing up the menu when you have a photo or video open, you will find a new option to ‘Send to ITookThisOnMyPhone.’ You can then add a title for the image, choose which album to upload it to, with the capability to create new albums, whether public or private, directly from your phone.

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iTookThisWithMyPhone is particularly useful for users who are active on several photo or video sharing websites.

UberTwitter

One of the most popular and feature rich Blackberry Twitter apps is unarguably UberTwitter.

In the tab at the top of your screen, or your ‘Uber Bar,’ you can access your timeline, replies and direct messages, while hitting the menu button opens up a wealth of options.

From the menu button, you can start a new tweet, refresh your timeline, check your replies and direct messages, access a list of your friends and followers, your profile, your favourites, and your timeline, amongst others.

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UberTwitter supports multiple accounts, and supports Twitter’s built-in retweet feature, as well as lists, and the ability to read conversations.

UberTwitter’s popularity is not only due to its vast number of options, but also because it is highly customizable. If you’re not a fan of Twitter’s new retweet feature – you can choose which method you’d prefer to use, or if you’d prefer to receive a prompt when retweeting. The appearance is also customizable, with the ability to change the font type and size, and the size of pictures in your timeline, as well as to add specific user’s timelines to your Uber Bar. Adding a user to your Uber Bar can be done through the main menu.

Replies and direct messages are distinguishable in your timeline – with replies highlighted in yellow and messages in green.

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From UberTwitter, you have the ability to do pretty much anything you can from your computer – add tweets to your favourites, follow and unfollow tweeters, add users to your lists and even report spam.

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Unlike other Blackberry Twitter apps, you can add or take photos while using Uber Twitter, or add videos to your tweets. Photos are uploaded either to TweetPhoto or to MyPic.me, and can be done directly from your photo folder. Other services that are supported by UberTwitter include TwitLonger, for when 140 characters simply aren’t enough, as a well integrated bit.ly support for url shortening.

The only con to using UberTwitter is that occasionally, sponsored content appears in your timeline, such as tweets from the New York Times, a small price to pay for such a feature-rich free app.

LittleChirp

If you need a quick way to update your Twitter status without waiting for your timeline to update, or are looking for a way to save on your data plan and still get a message out on Twitter, LittleChirp is a convenient little app with no extra bells and whistles.

Launching the free Blackberry app instantly takes you to a small window asking you “What are you doing?” Type up your tweet, hit enter, and the first time you will be prompted to enter your Twitter credentials. LittleChirp is a great app for updating Twitter on the go.

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Snaptu

Snaptu is a handy app if you use several social networks including Twitter, Facebook, Picasa and Flickr.

Using Snaptu, you can update your Twitter status, read your replies and messages, as well as read tweets in your timeline. Snaptu is quite impressive as a Twitter client as far as consuming information is concerned, with the ability to go to users’ profiles, open URLs in the Blackberry browser, and easily navigate from one user to another.

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Snaptu also makes it conveniently easy to search hashtags that appear in tweets, add tweets to your favourites, reply to tweets and send DMs. As far as tweeting is concerned, while you can send new tweets from Snaptu, you can’t add photos or videos.

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Flickr access includes browsing your own, or other user’s photostreams, your photo sets and favourites. You can also browse the public timeline and perform searches on Flickr. If you prefer Picasa to Flickr, you can use Snaptu to access your Picasa photo albums. However, like with Twitter, you are not able to upload photos from your phone which really does cripple the app as far as Flickr and Picasa are concerned. Hardcore Flickr fans will be better off using the official Flickr app, which allows you to upload, resize and tag photos.

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Using Facebook on Snaptu, you are able to read your messages, update your status and read the latest updates from your news feed – which some of you might be happy to know is blissfully free of third party application updates. From there, you can access your friend’s profiles, their walls, send them messages, comment and ‘like’ their updates.

Aside from using it for keeping up with your social networks, you can also use Snaptu to keep up with your favourite websites. The home screen is highly customizable, with the ability to add, remove and reorganize apps within Snaptu. Some of these apps include quick access to services such as Accuweather and the London tube schedule, an RSS app of sorts with major blogs and sites already listed, a Guardian app, and lots more. You can also add links to your favourite sites such as YouTube and LinkedIn.

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Other Social Networks that have free dedicated apps available in the Blackberry App World include MySpace, Facebook, [NO LONGER WORKS] Loopt and BrightKite.

What social networking apps do you have installed on your BlackBerry? Let us know in the comments.

  1. Mike
    March 25, 2010 at 2:08 am

    I would like to mention an app named Tvider for the blackberry users who have a Twitter account.

    Tvider is a free multimedia-focused app meant to bring pictures, audio and video directly from your BlackBerry to the Twitter service.

    Try out Tvider...http://tvider.com/mobile

  2. Stephanie M. Davis
    March 11, 2010 at 2:17 pm

    I am a HUUUGE fan of Ubertwitter. Tremendous value in a free package.

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