More and more people own smartphones with each passing day, and no matter which platform they choose to use – iOS, Android, Windows Phone, or another – one of their main uses for the device is likely to be messaging people. So much so that a proportion of the population vastly prefers messaging someone to actually calling them.
There is no shortage of options when it comes to messaging people. From email to SMS, from Skype to Whatsapp, no sensible and intelligent smartphone owner can possibly struggle to find a way of messaging others.
But perhaps there’s room for just one more option to add to the list – or perhaps not.
This Week’s Question…
We want to know, Do You Care About BBM (BlackBerry Messenger)? The company once called RiM (Research in Motion), which now trades as BlackBerry Limited, isn’t the force it once was in the world of smartphones. And it was a considerable powerhouse prior to the arrival of the iPhone and Android, particularly with business customers.
When companies started switching away from using BlackBerry handsets in favor of iPhones and Androids, the company gained a new userbase amongst the young thanks to a combination of affordable hardware and a free messaging service called BlackBerry Messenger.
BlackBerry Messenger, or BBM as it’s more commonly known, is now available to everybody with an iOS or Android device – as well as the few people still using BlackBerry handsets. So we want to know what your thoughts are regarding BBM…
Is the release of BBM on iOS and Android too little, too late for the company responsible? Will BBM save RiM from the dire future it seems to be facing? Can BBM compete against the free messaging apps that have emerged in the years since BlackBerry Messenger was at the height of its popularity?
Are you likely to move away from your current choice of instant messaging app to use BBM? Are you even tempted to give BlackBerry Messenger a try to see what all the fuss is about? Are you a former BlackBerry user excited to get the chance to use BBM once again?
All comments will be digested to form conclusions in a follow-up post next week where we will detail the We Ask You Results. One reader will be chosen for the coveted Comment Of The Week, getting their name up in lights, the respect of other readers, and a T-shirt. What more motivation than that do you need to respond?
We Ask You is a weekly column dedicated to finding out the opinions of MakeUseOf readers. The questions asked are usually open-ended and likely to necessitate a discussion. Some are opinion-based, while others see you sharing tips and advice, or advocating tools and apps to the MakeUseOf readership. This column is nothing without you, as MakeUseOf is nothing without you.
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