Twitter Updates BlackBerry App

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Twitter threw a bone to beleaguered BlackBerry owners on Monday with an app update that offers some parity to Twitter's iOS and Android apps.

The new Twitter for BlackBerry lets users share links to web pages directly from the browser and automatically shortens links you send from your phone.

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In addition, you can upload photos from your device's camera to pic.twitter.com. Another feature lets you connect your Twitter account to BlackBerry Messenger so you can share your latest tweet as a BBM Personal Message.

Twitter introduced the original version of the app in April 2010. Features for that version included notification of @ mentions, real-time BlackBerry push of Twitter direct messages and camera and photo gallery integration.

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The update comes after Apple's iOS 5 launched last October with native Twitter support, including the ability to seamlessly tweet photos and tweet directly from websites. Twitter also updated its iPhone and Android apps in February.

The updates included the reintroduction of the swipe shortcut. That move allows users to reply to, favorite and share tweets — as well as retweet posts and view other user profiles — all without leaving their own timelines. The updated iPhone and Android apps also both introduced a feature designed to expedite the process of finding friends on Twitter via existing email and phone contact lists.

BlackBerry's update, which comes more than a month later, is reflection of the platform's shrinking market share. RIM ended January with a market share of 15.2% in the U.S., according to comScore. Compare that to 48.6% for Google's Android OS and 29.5% for Apple's iOS.

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