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Summary:

Nokia’s N900 offers one place for all types of communications, aptly named “Conversations.” This catch-all bucket now supports Twitter as a method, but you’ll have to walk on the wild side — the repository for this update holds alpha and beta code.

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Watching apps and features appear for Nokia’s N900 reminds me of watching my kids grow up. The device continues to mature and improve on a weekly basis — but if you’re not paying attention, you suddenly see the handset in a different light and wonder where the time went. I’ve been far too focused on my Nexus One of late, although to be fair, a number of distractions have kept me there — a ROM with HTC Sense and Adobe Flash 10.1 support, for example . So I haven’t yet seen the new Twitter integration plugin in the native Nokia N900 Conversations application that Jason Harris eye-spied.

Conversations brings back memories of the Palm Pre that I sold last week — it doesn’t matter which method you use to communicate in Conversations because it supports multiple methods. That means you can converse with a contact via email, SMS, Skype chat, Google Talk , AIM, and more. And now a still-in-development update brings Twitter into the mix.

By “still-in-development” I mean that N900 owners can find the software bits in the Extra-Devel repository, which is beta code at best. It’s the resting place for new code to be tested before it meanders into the more stable Extras repository and up to now I’ve stayed away from it. After reading up on the plugin, I just may walk on the wild side and add the repository — and the plugin — to the N900 I have on loan. I’m way past the point where I want to pick which app to use for communication. I’d rather have the tools get out of the way so I can communicate how I want to, without worrying which software I’m using.

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  1. Be careful, Kevin! Extras-devel is what it says on the tin. Nobody puts broken stuff in there on purpose, but I’ve personally accidentally put builds of the programs I write and port for the N900 in there that have messed things up pretty good before.

    That said, if you’re willing to report any problems you find, please do add it — the more eyes looking for bugs the better chance there is they’ll be found. :)

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