When I first started using Twitter on my BlackBerry, it irritated me that I had to go into a separate application to see my friends’ tweets. My BlackBerry is configured with a single inbox into which goes my work e-mail, personal e-mail, SMS, MMS, IM conversations, etc. I’m the sort of person who likes to get everything in one place and I love the idea of the universal inbox. So I set about writing a Twitter client that worked the way I wanted it to work. The result is yet another twitter client application – ‘Yatca’ for short! I sincerely apologise for the name but being an engineer rather than a marketeer it was the best I could do. You’ll get used to it after a while.
What makes Yatca different to the other Twitter clients for BlackBerry (at least the ones that I’m aware of) is that it takes advantage of some pretty cool new features that RIM introduced in v4.6 of the device o/s which enable it to integrate with the built-in Messages application that’s found on every BlackBerry device. The upshot is that you get your friends’ tweets in your inbox, just like any other communication. Hurray!
I’m now making Yatca available to anyone else who wants it. The following screenshots will give some idea of what to expect. Although Yatca is a fully-fledged application and not just a browser-hosted web application, you can probably tell that I’ve been more than just a little bit inspired by the web style used in RIM’s fabulous Facebook client.
I’ll post again in a day or two with some important “look before you leap” notes and details of how to download Yatca.