How to use Twitter from your BlackBerry

This tutorial will guide you through every step of installing and using TwitterBerry, arguably the most popular Twitter client for BlackBerry devices.

  1. First up, launch whatever web browser you use on your BlackBerry. Head over to http://orangatame.com/ota/twitterberry (or http://bit.ly/jE4rM – which is just a shortened version of the same link). After scrolling through the text, select the Download Now button. Then when prompted, click the Download button on your BlackBerry screen.
  2. When asked if you’d like to grant TwitterBerry as Trusted Application status, select Yes.
  3. Click OK after the installation has completed.
  4. Locate, select and click the new TwitterBerry icon on your BlackBerry home screen.
  5. You’ll be prompted to sign in with your Twitter user name and password. Once you’ve signed in, the TwitterBerry ‘update’ page will be displayed.
  6. Before you try to send your first TwitterBerry update, click the Menu button on your BlackBerry (blackberry menu icon) and select Configure from the menu.
  7. In the Connection Mode: field, make sure Auto-Detect is selected.
  8. Scroll down to the Test Connection button and click it. TwitterBerry will now make sure the connection is working. You should see a Success! message pop up.
  9. Exit out of the Configuration window, and if you made any changes, make sure to select Save.
  10. Now type out your 140 character (or less) message.
  11. When you’re ready to send it, double-click the trackball, or select the Menu button and select Update.
  12. To view your friends timeline (which will include your tweets too) click the Menu button and and select Friends Timeline. It can take a few moments (particularly depending on your mobile network connection speed) to populate your friends timeline – especially the first time.
  13. Eventually your friends timeline will be displayed. You can scroll down the timeline using your BlackBerry’s trackball.
  14. The default ‘auto-update’ period is 10 minutes. If you’d like to refresh your friends timeline before the 10 minutes is up, click the Menu button and select Refresh.
  15. If you want to send a direct message to one of your contacts, scroll to one of their tweets and make sure it’s highlighted.
  16. Click the Menu button and select Direct Message
  17. Compose your direct message as you would a normal update, and send it the same way.
  18. If you’re looking for someone to test out sending direct messages to etc, I’m rossm on Twitter.
  19. If you don’t use a BlackBerry, or you want to try out a different client, check out the post 20 ways to use Twitter on your cell phone or mobile Internet device.
{ 6 comments… add one }
  • jp April 24, 2009, 6:06 am

    You might want to try UberTwitter. Works much better on my corporate/BES/IT crippled 8130.

  • Viviana May 26, 2009, 8:48 pm

    Quick and painless. Ahhhh…the joy of tweeting on a crackberry. thanks for the post!

  • jan June 12, 2009, 10:32 am

    Is there a way for the blackberry to make a noise when the people I follow tweet. Or is that just for direct tweeting?

  • Greg January 30, 2011, 7:33 am

    I try many twitter programs to promote my twitter but fee day ago i find, i think great system

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