Research In Motion has launched Facebook for BlackBerry, a new software application that enables what they claim is fast, streamlined and optimised mobile access to Facebook.

The application uses the push-based BlackBerry system to send on Facebook messages and content in the same way it does with email proper.

With the Facebook for BlackBerry smartphones application, Facebook users can wirelessly send and view messages, photos, pokes and Wall posts.

The native application is said to go beyond current browser-based access, automatically pushing notifications to the user’s BlackBerry smartphone as friends and colleagues send notes, Wall posts or pokes.

The application allows users to take a photo, upload it to the site with captions and tags; quickly and easily invite friends; manage events; manage photo albums; and manage their status while on the go.

T-Mobile USA has been selected to be the first carrier to provide the new software application to its customers. The application will be available as a free download.