Opeyemi Obembe AKA @kehers is one of the bright minds in mobile development around here. He has a short but interesting article contributing to the great BBM versus WhatsApp debate. He mentions the main issues that I have already presented as to why I prefer BBM to WhatsApp, but with more details. The following are excerpts from Opeyemi’s article.
WhatsApp’s greatest weakness perhaps is the fact that it is tied to your number and how open that access is:
Whatsapp is tied to your number. I don’t like this. Anyone with your number can just hit you up and that’s it. (Yea, yeah, I know you can block and all that, but that’s another layer of friction). I can’t count the number of times I use Whatsapp for snooping. Call from an unfamiliar number? Number you stumbled on somewhere? Just add the number to your contact, refresh your Whatsapp contact list and view profile.
Then, there is the last seen feature:
And two, I hate that Whatsapp last seen feature. That’s the real snitch there. On BBM I can ignore your chat by not opening the conversation thread. You don’t get the R notification. On Whatsapp, last seen tells you I’ve been ignoring you and chatting with other people.
Opeyemi’s conclusion about BBM?
Personally, I think it’s the best messaging platform out there. If you have WhatsApp, you really may not need BBM. But that’s not an assumption to generalize. Take it or not, this BBM4All thing is a serious shit.
I aree with Opeyemi. WhatsApp and BBM, while both great instant messaging platforms, are geared towards two different sets of people: WhatsApp towards those who want to be reachable by as many people as possible who already have access to their phone numbers, and BBM to people who value more privacy and more limited interactions.
Head over to his blog to read the full article: Why BBM when there is Whatsapp?
PS: Don’t forget that BBM is rumoured to be coming to Windows Phone soon.