The Blaq Introduction Series: Integration

One of the key aspects that qualify a BlackBerry app as a Super App is integration. More specifically, it needs to have tight integration with native BlackBerry apps. People ask me quite often, “Just what makes you think that Blaq, a Twitter client, has what it takes to be a Super App?”

Well, there are many reasons, and in fact, Blaq actually hits all six of the major Super App criteria. But one of the areas where Blaq really shines as being particularly “Super” is its integration. Read more

The Blaq Introduction Series: UI Overview

Welcome to the first installment of the Blaq Introduction Series. Over the next week or so, we will bring to you a new aspect or feature of Blaq that you may not have known about or that may need a bit of explaining. Blaq isn’t just any ordinary Twitter client, so why should it have ordinary features? In this series, we will both introduce you to some of these extraordinary features, and also explain how they work.

For part one of the series, we’re going to be taking a brief tour of the overall user interface, including a few of the interesting or unique elements that make Blaq particularly special. Read more

Winners of the Final Pre-launch Beta Contest

We’ve had a big Twitter contest for beta-testing slots before, and it was a great success.

However, the last one pales in comparison now to this weekend’s contest. With nearly 1000 page views in the last two days (a big deal for us), we’re considering this another major success on our quest to become the premier Twitter client for the BlackBerry platform.

We owe it all to you guys for continuing every day to spread the word about the cool things we’re trying to bring to the table with Blaq. To our new testers, congratulations, and we can’t wait to hear your feedback on how we can continue to improve Blaq to be the best app the world has ever seen!

We’re going to get back to work, now. Until next time…

All the best, and All. Blaq. Everything.

The Final Pre-launch Beta Contest

Alright guys, here we go. Like the tweet said, to enter this contest, all you have to do is retweet this tweet…

http://twitter.com/Blaq/status/21778628386

…ensuring that the #BlaqIsComing and #SuperApp tags are there and visible (beware of twitlonger links), and make sure you’re following @Blaq, @kfow35 and @Hamrick.

That’s all there is to it! The contest will run until 8:00 PM EDT tomorrow night, Sunday, August 22nd, and five winners will be selected at random from those that qualify.

Like the title says, with the small amount of time we have left until Blaq™ needs to be submitted to App World, this will be the last and final pre-launch contest for beta testing invites. If you don’t win this weekend, though, don’t get discouraged. There will be plenty of giveaways and contests for lots of goodies after launch as well.

So what are you waiting for? Get to retweeting! Best of luck to everyone, and we can’t wait to have you on our beta team!

All the best, and All. Blaq. Everything.

Celebrating a Milestone – Blaq v0.1

Today, we’ve officially reached the milestone of version 0.1.0!

This may not seem like much to many of you, but if you only knew the slow, painstakingly methodical pace at with the previous versions have progressed thus far…let’s just say, it’s a very big deal to us.

So what does v0.1 mean to you? Well, a couple of things.

For one, it means we’re a huge step closer to an official release build. A Twitter follower asked a great question this morning. He said, “Will you wait to launch at v1.0, or stick with v0.x?” The answer is this: We simply do not have time (especially at the pace we’ve progressed to this point) to go all the way from 0.1 to 1.o. The reason we don’t have time is because the deadline for the Super Apps Developer Challenge is September 6th — which we absolutely plan on entering. Submitted apps must be in BlackBerry App World, so therefore, Blaq will be available to users all over the world by no later than that time.

Version 0.1 also means a reason for celebration! We’re feeling pretty good today, not only because of this silly little number, but also because we really have an excellent build on our hands, here. The list of remaining tweaks and improvements keeps getting smaller and smaller, while big features keep getting added and added.

So because we’re feeling so good about everything today, we’re going to be announcing a contest later on for what will probably be the last batch of invites to join our beta before this bad boy goes live to the public. We’re not 100% set on what to do to determine winners yet, so if you have any great ideas, please share them in the comments! Who knows, if we like and use your idea, you might just win regardless of the contest. :)

So that’s it! We hope you’re as excited about Blaq as we are, and we can’t wait for everyone to be able to experience Twitter on BlackBerry — the way it should be.

All the best, and All. Blaq. Everything.

Get In On The Crackberry Contest!

Development is moving along at a feverish pace, and we are getting closer and closer to the general public finally getting a glimpse of this majestic product. But in the mean time,  if you really want to see what all the hyperbolic talk is about, head on over to Crackberry where we are giving away 5 invites to the beta testing group. Sure you could just win and look at the pretty pictures but we’d love for a few more dedicated testers to bug us with feedback. So what are you waiting for, go leave a comment and join our team! Comment Here to win and on our blog just for fun.

All.Blaq.Everything.

Announcing the Blaq Beta Contest Winners!

Wow. Until now, the very small group of beta testers for Blaq has been hand-picked by the development team. Yet still, the numbers you have shown up in to support and promote our little app without even really seeing much of it at all, is truly astounding. Thanks to each and every one of you who have participated and made this contest such a huge success.

Now if you’ll remember, we said that in this contest, we would pick three winners that retweeted the contest message and followed myself, @kfow35, and @Blaq. Since search.twitter.com is so horribly unreliable, I decided to just use twitrand.com to select random followers of mine, and then follow up to ensure they met all the criteria. It took a little bit, but I saw this as the fairest way possible to do this.

So that’s three new members of the still-very-exclusive beta testing group — but there’s more.

Last week, I also said that when I hit 500 followers, I would give three people access to Blaq. Well, in the follow spree that ensued after the beginning of this contest, that goal was quickly met. So, SIX new people will be added, in total.

So here’s the deal. Just today, we were granted access to xAuth by Twitter, which we still need to implement and test tonight (that basically just translates to a smoother, easier authorization process for you). Tonight, we will make sure that’s running as it should, maybe cram a few hot new features in, and then tomorrow morning, the winners will be emailed with download instructions, the appropriate passwords/PIN codes and a LOT more details about Blaq and how it works.

With all that said, we hope you’ve had as much fun with this as we have, and if you didn’t win this time, it’s definitely nothing personal. Please don’t get discouraged. The contest was completely random and is just the first of many to come!

All the best, and All. Blaq. Everything.

Want to Test Blaq? Here’s Your Chance!

So you’ve been wanting to test Blaq, huh? Well, here’s your opportunity.

Like the tweet said, all you have to do it retweet and follow @Hamrick, @kfow35 and @Blaq. It’s that simple!

The contest will run from now until Wednesday at 5:00 PM EDT. At that time, we’ll pick three winners and send them an invitation email with download details and instructions.

Pretty easy, right?

We look forward to adding a few new folks to the testing team. A little new perspective is always a good thing.

Also, feel free to leave a comment and tell us how excited you are for the official release of Blaq!

All the best, and All. Blaq. Everything.

Blaq is Coming…

If you haven’t heard, Blaq has secured development and is well on it’s way to finding itself in your hands.

If you’re on Twitter (which, let’s face it, if you aren’t, you’re probably not reading this), be sure to follow @Blaq, @Hamrick and @kfow35 for all updates, leaks and contests regarding Blaq.

We will be working on putting a timeline together for when you can expect to start seeing Blaq in person, and we’ll share that as soon as we can deduce a good window.

All the best, and All. Blaq. Everything.

Blaq – A BlackBerry Twitter Revolution

Tired of keeping a handful of Twitter apps around on your BlackBerry smartphone just to obtain a faux sense of having it all? We are, too.

Never before has a BlackBerry Twitter client truly satisfied the user’s ideal picture of the perfect, well-rounded app — until now.

Enter Blaq — a feature-rich Twitter client for BlackBerry that brings the best of all worlds with the functionality you need, but also the stunning visuals that you’ve always yearned for.

Keep your eyes glued here, the official blog of Blaq, for important news and updates on when you can expect to start experiencing Twitter — the way you should be — on a BlackBerry smartphone near you.

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