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Blackberry Messenger Crosses Platform

Early Tuesday morning, grabbing my phone I saw a text message 'I'd like to invite you to a chat over BBM...'. An invitation to join Blackberry Messenger. I have an android smartphone, this is impossible I thought. I immediately sent a reply to my friend to inform her of my dysfunctional blackberry phone. She responded by asking 'do you a smartphone, I have iphone it working for me'. It is now downloaded and competing with WhatsApp and Viber on my phone.

The Blackberry move took place about 2weeks before. Other friends were surprised I never knew about it. 'Old news, have you just heard?' said my son. I am sure I'm not the only person new to this. 10 million downloads took place on the day it was announced. 'what is the difference to WhatsApp', I sent a text back to my friend. 'It's the same concept' she replied. I decided to find out for myself.

I noticed that you can only invite people by using your pin or email. It is much easier to invite people to use WhatsApp, though it can be intrusive as anyone that has your number has access to you. I am not sure I will use BBM for long as there are many features better represented by WhatApps.

There are more emoticons with WhatsApp compared to BB. I can express myself better using these emojis. Videos and voice notes and contacts can be shared better with WhatsApp. Voice and video calling is not currently available on android unless I'm missing something.

Group management - appointments, tasks, list, notes are better with BBM but this can be done through normal phone functions I think. How many people today need this feature through a messenger?

What about ping, pinging? This enables pin to pin conversation with another BBM user the added feature of alerts using a tone or vibration to get your contact's attention. I prefer the alert that comes with each WhatsApp text as it is immediate, why do I need to wait until I'm pinged!

Since the download I have used BBM only five times and may never use it anymore unless any of my contacts prefer this form of communication. I think many people have adopted the same policy and carry BBM on their phone as a extra piece of instant messaging tool taking up space. The pin invitation is another reason why I can't be bothered. Whatever reason Blackberry has for taking this measure it would need to change for the best.


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