- 12-09-12, 11:40 AM #27
Except with the iphone you can still use cross platform video chat. Bbm was relevant when blackberry was at its peak when the messaging was superior. But platforms have caught up and offer a more robust ecosystem. BBM was the last selling point until the mass exodus of users. What's the use of BBM when nobody is in your contact list.
- CrackBerry Genius
12-09-12, 01:31 PM #28
- 2,790 Posts
This is why it soooo puzzling as to why RIM never built out bbm to its full potential years ago, back when everyone still had a BB. It wouldve made it even harder to leave BB. What RIM needs to do now is really transform BBM into a social network with PLENTY of features. That way even though people won't have any/many contacts upon picking up their BB10 device, as BB10 picks up steam (if it does), it will give RIM a huge advantage and really get people talking about their products again.
I too am puzzled by the lack of development with BBM - especially when RIM itself acknowledges its importance. The past is the past though - and we can only try and put things in place that will limit the damage of another 'mass exodus'. I think the two suggestions that I made would definitely help. Both Twitter and Facebook auto-suggest people that you can follow/befriend when you sign up. They also allow you to search by username. I saw a video stating BBM10 will do a similar auto-suggest with your phonebook, but I'm not 100% confident it will be all that effective. What sort of features do you think are needed?
Here's the BBM recommend thing (2 min - 3min45s) + (4m45s - 5m45s)
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- 12-09-12, 03:06 PM #30
Re: Is BBM still relevant...
One feature that would be nice is making a hub like function in bbm itself so no matter what your friends are using for an im, video, voice message service or SMS you can talk to them through bbm. This is providing you have all the corresponding I'm client's installed on your device, where everything is routed through bbm. Kind of what they tried with bbm 6.0, but more entrenched.
So in the end you have your main notification hub. Then within that you have the bbm im hub. No more multitasking needed to keep in contact with all your contacts no matter whats being used.
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- 12-10-12, 12:07 AM #34
- 12-10-12, 12:23 AM #35
Re: Is BBM still relevant...
BBM would be even more relevant if RIM would allow it to be used on a PlayBook WITHOUT BlackBerry Bridge, as in over Wi-Fi. A good company is willing to take losses in some places to make gains in others, and not worrying about charging for BBM services equals more users spreading their saved money around on apps. Open up BBM to ALL BB devices and you won't be able to keep the bandwidth down. It should stay private though; only on BB devices. I mean if Apple has Face Time, we should have something exclusive too.
- 12-10-12, 01:42 AM #37
They have already stated that the way bbm worked in the back end was the reason that bbm wasn't on the PlayBook. They had no way to handle bbm over multiple devices. So what use would bbm be if you had a separate account for your phone and then your PlayBook? They said this is all straightened out by using your BBID instead of just pin. Which I can believe seeing how everything with rim has been pushing the move to bbid. Even beta zone just made me merge my account with my bbid and that is now my login.
- 12-10-12, 03:59 AM #38
What worries me is all of the long gone messaging and social networking options. ICQ, AOL, my space, etc. These were all popular at one time. A instant messaging or social networking tool has never made a comeback in its amount of users. Now there's obviously a lot more to blackberry than BBM but I'm having trouble envisioning a world where BBM has made a comeback and everyone is using it again.
- CrackBerry Newbie
12-10-12, 07:11 AM #40
- 8 Posts
I totally agree with the celebrity aspect of your post. There are soo many celebrities that still use Blackberry and since most of my friends and colleagues have migrated to the iPhone, I don't get any use out of BBM. And BBM going cross-platform would be an interesting idea, not quite sure why people reject it so quickly. Don't really see the harm in it, it IS one of the best messaging systems, and I feel people would leave Whatsapp for it, etc...
- CrackBerry Genius of Geniuses
12-10-12, 07:42 AM #43
- 5,369 Posts
1) none of the `failed` IM apps was ever a native app/platform, it was always an extra thing to download
2) BBM hasnt lost (in a net sense) any userbase. sure its lost users but its active userbase has only ever been rising, so `comeback` probably isnt the right term.
- CrackBerry Abuser
12-10-12, 08:01 AM #44
- 120 Posts
I think BBM is vitally important in emergency situations as detailed here... While Quakes Shake Virginia And Calls Fail, BBM Reliably Holds Communication | BlackBerrySync.com - BlackBerry News and Reviews
Now that I am forced to share data plans I will be switching my wife to my old blackberry 9930, primarily for bbm.
- 12-10-12, 08:20 AM #45
- 12-11-12, 02:31 AM #47
I think I saw the same BBin video that you posted about BBM GROUPS and how there are different pictures and you can comment on them.
But still, having more than one profile picture would be a good idea on BBM for individual users as well.
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- 12-11-12, 02:50 AM #50
It amazes me that as long as something isnt popular with the "USA population...its suddenly irrelevant or makes no sense....its still very popular in countries such as India, Nigeria,the entire Caribbean, i for one find it very useful seeing that im going to college in new york and most of my contacts are from trinidad where blackberry is growing. im sure in the mentioned countries their probably saying the same thing people are saying about blackberry in USA, i can say for sure its being said in the Caribbean.
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