Do you hate using phones the way they were originally designed to be used? You know: actually calling someone’s number and talking to them when they pick up. If so, you’re probably a huge fan of messaging in one form or another, whether it’s by way of trusty SMS, sending an email, or utilizing one of the many messaging apps that have cropped up since the mainstream emergence of smartphones.
BBM, or BlackBerry Messenger to give it its full name, has recently made its way onto iOS and Android – it was a BlackBerry exclusive for many years. BlackBerry’s reasons for this move are obvious; with its core business failing it needs to expand outside the boundaries of its walled garden. But is it too little too late? We sought to find out with last week’s We Ask You debate.
We asked you, Do You Care About BBM (BlackBerry Messenger)? The results were mixed, to say the least, but overall more people had good things to say about BBM than had bad things to say about it – which is all you can really ask for a product that is competing for users in a crowded marketplace. Interestingly, the opinions were rather extreme on both sides, with very few people sitting on the fence.
Those who do care about BBM stated:
- “BBM vs Whatsapp is not Apple vs IBM its Apple vs Atari.“
- “BBM has one advantage over all other IM services. NOT EVERYONE WITH YOUR PHONE NUMBER CAN TEXT YOU ON BBM.“
- “There’s no other messaging client that does ALL the things that BBM does.“
Those who couldn’t care less about BBM stated:
- “It’s not even in first place among closed, proprietary systems that are tied to second-rate mobile devices.“
- It’s not worth using because, “It was smooth for the first 5-6 hours, then my message started to be delayed, pending, for 1-2 days.“
- “Since I found out that all this buzz – that it supports all IOS and Android devices is actually marketing lie – I do not care anymore.“
Overall it was around two to one in terms of positive to negative comments about BlackBerry Messenger among the MakeUseOf readership. A lot of the people who like BBM have stuck with it since owning Blackberry handsets, and some still do. Some of the hatred directed at BBM seemed to be misplaced and would be better aimed at the BlackBerry hardware and operating system.
Comment Of The Week
We had great input from the likes of likefunbutnot, Milt, and Ago, to name just a few. Comment Of The Week goes to Jerale, who, as well as the respect of myself and hopefully everybody reading this, receives a T-shirt chosen for this comment:
I already have BBM on BB10. BBM and the “keyboard” as one puts it is not the only reasons to have a BlackBerry. Before making stupid assumptions maybe give BB10 a try. BlackBerry already has 4 devices out: 2 touchscreen phones (Z10/30) and 2 keypad phones (Q5/10). There are a lot of features in BB10 the competition either doesn’t have or are imitating (iOS7 copied some of BB10s features). BlackBerry also has ideas for the future of mobile computing which also includes car infotainment systems (something else Apple copied). BBM on the other hand comes with new features too such as video chat, screen sharing and BBM Channels. With these things WA will be in dire trouble and Channels will have or already has the potential to compete with FB and Twitter. BBM is BlackBerry’s savior for the future.
We like this comment because it offers a passionate defense of BBM from someone who is clearly an advocate for the whole BlackBerry platform. The last line, suggesting that BlackBerry Messenger is the savior of the company, may be difficult for some haters to swallow, but it certainly has a small chance of being a prescient statement.
We will be asking a new question tomorrow, so please join us then. We Ask You is a weekly column dedicated to finding out the opinions of MakeUseOf readers. We ask you a question and you tell us what you think. The question is open-ended and is usually open to debate. Some questions will be purely opinion-based, while others will see you sharing tips and advice, or advocating tools and apps to the MakeUseOf readership. This column is nothing without your input, all of which is valued.
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