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Facebook, Twitter apps get BBM support on BlackBerry

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Research In Motion (RIM) has announced updates for a series of popular apps, including Facebook and Twitter, to more closely incorporate the BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) service.

The updated apps are intended to allow the more than 55m BBM users to keep in touch with their friends, share experiences and discover new things within the BlackBerry community.

Version 3.0 of the Facebook and Twitter Apps directly integrates BBM to enable users to share their Facebook status or tweets on BBM, directly from within the app.

As RIM puts it, "why update three status' individually when you can update them all in one go?"

Other new BBM-connected apps include BlackBerry Travel (version 2.5), which has been built so travel plans can be shared with a few select friends, or the entire BBM community.

BBM Music, which launched last year and involves users discovering new music from their BBM friends' playlists, has been upgraded so that recommendations can be shared right from within the BBM Music app itself.

This is intended to make it easier for users to expand their music collection, as well as sample songs before accepting new contacts to their BBM Music friends list.

The BlackBerry App World adds BBM support so that users can let their friends know what new apps they have downloaded, as well as share information about their favourite apps via BlackBerry Tag on NFC-enabled BlackBerry smartphones.

BBM itself is also being upgraded to version 6.2 to offer a more "polished, enhanced and more personal experience". This includes a new selection of animated avatars, simpler ways to update personal profile messages and the ability to quickly send voice notes.

The updated Twitter and Facebook apps are available now, but the BlackBerry Travel, App World, BBM Music and BBM versions will roll out over the next ten days.

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