Twitter for BlackBerry: Current & Missing Keyboard Shortcuts

By , CIO |  Personal Tech, BlackBerry, blackberry apps

BlackBerry-maker Research In Motion (RIM) yesterday unveiled its first attempt at a mobile Twitter application: Twitter for BlackBerry smartphones. The app's currently only available to beta-testers, including yours truly--unless of course you seek it out via "unofficial" channels.

Yesterday, I posted an image-walkthrough of the app to demonstrate various features and functionality. And though I've only spent 24 hours with it, that time was more than enough time to ferret out the application's basic keyboard shortcuts...especially since there doesn't really seem to be many of them.

Here's quick list of keyboard shortcuts for RIM's new Twitter for BlackBerry app, followed by five more shortcuts that I think should be added to the app during the beta testing process. (RIM expects Twitter for BlackBerry to go public in about a month.)

Official Twitter for BlackBerry Keyboard Shortcuts

1. While in a message list, hit "R" to Reply to the message sender

2. While in a message list, hit "L" to Reply to the message sender and any other Twitter users mentioned by the sender with an "@" symbol, i.e., "reply all"

3. While in a message list, click "C" to send a Direct Message to the Twitter user you highlighted

4. While in a message list, tap "T" to jump all the way to the top

5. While in a message list, tap "B" to jump all the way to the bottom

6. While in a message list, highlight a specific users' "tweet" and click "F" to repost, or "Retweet" that message to your followers

7. In a message list, tap the Space Bar at any time to "page down," or jump a page-length down your Twitter feed.

8. In a message list, hold down either your Right Shift or Left Shift key--the buttons with upward-pointing arrows--and tap the Space Bar at any time to "page up," or jump a page-length up your Twitter feed.

Next up, a handful of Twitter for BlackBerry keyboard shortcuts I'd like to see in a future build. Remember, RIM's new Twitter app is still in beta, and many new keyboard shortcuts and performance tweaks could be introduced before the app's officially launched.

Wanted Twitter for BlackBerry Keyboard Shortcuts

1. Twitter for BlackBerry needs a very basic shortcut for composing a new "tweet" or message at any point, from anywhere within the app. As is, users must return to the top of a message list and employ the fixed "What's happening" box to initiate a new tweet.


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