RIM connects BlackBerry Messenger to Facebook, Twitter

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Research In Motion (NASDAQ:RIMM) is integrating its BlackBerry Messenger instant messaging service with a series of social-themed applications including Facebook for BlackBerry and Twitter for BlackBerry, making it easier for consumers to stay connected and share content recommendations.

According to RIM, the latest versions of Facebook for BlackBerry and Twitter for BlackBerry let users automatically share status updates or tweets with their BBM contacts from directly within the app. RIM also will issue a revamped version of its BlackBerry Travel app allowing BBM users to share their vacation plans and flight changes with select contacts or their entire BBM community.

BBM version 6.2 also integrates with RIM's BlackBerry App World storefront, giving users the tools to update their BBM profile to share recommended app downloads. Users may also exchange lists of installed apps via the Near Field Communications-based BlackBerry Tag tap-to-share service. Also new in BBM 6.2: New animated avatars and voice note sharing.

RIM now offers more than 800 BBM-connected apps--according to Alec Saunders, the device maker's vice president of developer relations, about one in every five apps downloaded from BlackBerry App World touts BBM integration. In a corresponding Inside BlackBerry Developer Blog entry published Tuesday, Saunders announced that the number of new BBM-connected apps available from BlackBerry App World grew 89 percent during the first quarter of 2012; total BlackBerry smartphone apps increased 21 percent, and BlackBerry PlayBook tablet app submissions surged 240 percent.

For more:
- read this release
- read this Inside BlackBerry Developer Blog entry

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