Have a quick read through the following before you install Yatca on your BlackBerry. Once you’re happy, you’ll find the link to do an OTA install over on the right.
Yatca requires v4.6 or higher of the BlackBerry system software. It has been tested on a Bold running v4.6 and on a Storm running v4.7. If you don’t know what system software version is on your device go into Options -> About to find out. Don’t attempt to install Yatca on a device running a version previous to v4.6. It definitely will not work and, in extreme cases, may render the device permanently inoperable!
The application will start up automatically following installation and you will be shown a short legal notice regarding liability for carrier charges incurred. You will be required to accept the terms of this notice before continuing.
You’ll next have to enter your Twitter account credentials. If you don’t already have a Twitter account you’ll need to create one at twitter.com before you can use Yatca. When Yatca attempts to verify your credentials your BlackBerry will prompt you to grant the necessary Internet access permission to Yatca.
The system’s standard application control permissions dialog will then be displayed with the permissions required by Yatca already filled in and ready to be approved by you.
If you’re happy to grant Internet access to Yatca (the application cannot run without Internet access) just back up and save the changes when prompted.
Once your credentials have been successfully verified, your friends’ statuses will be refreshed for the first time and you’ll be ready to go!
Don’t bother looking for a Yatca icon anywhere on your home screen because you won’t find one. Instead, you’ll do everything from within the built-in BlackBerry Messages application (i.e. the place where you go to get your e-mails). If you go into the Messages application and press the BlackBerry key to bring up the menu you’ll see the various Yatca commands. It’s not rocket science so I don’t think there’s any need for a lengthy treatise on how to use them.
Yatca uses the built-in notification mechanism on your BlackBerry to alert you whenever it receives a tweet from one of your friends. So simply edit your various profiles as necessary to set the tone, vibration, LED, etc.
This initial version of Yatca is very much a bare bones Twitter client with minimal functionality. But I wanted to get it out there as quickly as possible to gauge the level of interest in this type of Twitter client.
Please let me know what you think!