1. Why is it called ‘Yatca’? Because it is Yet Another Twitter Client Application and I’m an engineer.
2. Will Yatca work on my BlackBerry? Your device must be running OS version 4.6 or higher. Yatca integrates with the built-in Messages application which requires the use of features that were introduced in version 4.6. The specific device model and carrier make little difference although Storm users seem to have mixed success.
3. How can I get my BlackBerry to support Yatca? If you are running a pre-4.6 version of the OS and really want to try Yatca it may be possible to upgrade the OS on your device. N.B. In some cases upgrading the device OS is contractually prohibited by your carrier. In other cases it will be blocked by corporate IT policy. So I’m not by any means suggesting or advocating that you do this. I’m simply making you aware that it can theoretically be done.
4. Why does the notification icon report unread messages when there aren’t any? The unread messages are probably in the ‘Non-merged Items’ folder. As the name suggests, items contained in this folder are not merged into the main message list. You can open this folder by using the standard ‘View Folder’ command within the Messages application but see the following question also.
5. How can I quickly open the ‘Non-merged Items’ folder? Yatca cannot provide a built-in command or shortcut to quickly open the ‘Non-merged Items’ folder because the Messages application does not provide the necessary hook. As a workaround however, many users define a custom search within the Messages application to return all items in the ‘Non-merged Items’ folder. On BlackBerry models with physical keys you can then associate this custom search with a shortcut (alt-Y is the obvious choice).
6. Why does twitter.com show all replies sent to me when Yatca does not? Under Yatca Options, ensure that the ‘Check for mentions of you’ setting is ‘Yes’. If this is ‘No’ (the default) Yatca will only collect replies that have been sent to you by somebody you follow. This is for data usage and battery life reasons.
7. How do I turn it off, i.e. stop it from receiving tweets? Go the the Yatca Options screen and set the ‘Auto-refresh interval’ to ‘None’. Whenever you want to receive tweets thereafter simply use the ‘Refresh Friends Timeline’ command.
8. Why do I get a weird error message when it tries to verify my account credentials? This usually happens because your BlackBerry is associated with a BES that provides an email delivery service but does not provide an Internet connectivity service. In this case, go to the Yatca Options screen and change the ‘Use BES/MDS when available’ setting from ‘Yes’ to ‘No’.
9. Why do I not see any updates/replies in my inbox? From within the Messages application, go into Options -> General Options, and ensure that the ’Hide Filed Messages’ setting is ‘No’. Even though the messages that Yatca inserts into the message list are not actually filed, the Messages application sometimes decides to hide them unless this setting is ‘No’. Big thanks to user J3V for this work-around!
10. How do I make Yatca work better on the Storm? When the Storm is running any application without explicit support for the touchscreen (i.e. all pre-4.7 applications, including Yatca) its default behaviour is to enter a compatibility mode. The theory is that this improves the user experience but the practice seems to be quite different. Most Storm users report that Yatca works much better when compatibility mode is disabled so since version 1.2.1 Yatca has installed on the Storm with compatibility mode disabled by default.
11. Will my BlackBerry run out of memory if I don’t delete Yatca updates and replies? Yatca mercilessly culls the oldest updates and replies to ensure that the total number never exceeds 1,000. A future version will offer greater control over the housekeeping.
12. How do I send a direct message to another user? The current version of Yatca doesn’t support direct messaging but a future version will.
13. Was Lee Harvey Oswald acting alone? I don’t know.