As one of the few BlackBerry users at TechCrunch, I’ve been insanely jealous of my colleagues as they test and use the plethora of nifty apps for iPhone and Android. So when RIM announced that it would be launching a native Twitter app for the mobile device, I was ecstatic. I was expecting Tweetie for the BlackBerry. This morning, I started testing out the beta version of the app, and here are my initial thoughts.
Similar to Seesmic or UberTwitter’s BlackBerry apps, RIM’s app features a timeline of your Tweets, and separate streams for you @mentions, direct messages and trending topics. You can also see your user profile and search topics and people. You can see lists of your Tweets, followers, and those who are following you. And the app features integration bit.ly to shorten URLs.