BBM to WhatsApp: Apples to Oranges

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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.

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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.

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0 thoughts on “BBM to WhatsApp: Apples to Oranges

  • October 29, 2013 at 7:32 am
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    // WhatsApp’s greatest weakness perhaps is the fact that it is tied to your number and how open that access is//

    How about focusing in BBM’s greatest weaknesses instead?

    The reach trails Whatsapp ‘s. Badly.

    I have tried to use BBM on Android, and honestly, I am resisting, daily, the urge to uninstall the darned thing.

    Who has the time to go asking for BB PINs all over the place?

    It’s a matter of checks and balances. And of course, your perspective.

    Me, I pass.

  • October 29, 2013 at 8:18 am
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    definitely BBM, use it on my Samsung & it works fine(I can restrict who I interact with) .

    I never put my real picture on whatsapp. whatsapp isn’t private. & there isn’t much to do on whatsapp.

    before BBM on android I barely use to touch my phone & d battery lasts all day.

    but thanks to BBM ‘s interactive nature I can barely drop my device & my batt is out by 2PM.

    blackberry already promised more features for BBM.

    whatsapp needs to up their game.

    at least I use viber for international calls. will soon delete whatsapp if I don’t get a spectacular update soon.

  • October 29, 2013 at 8:53 am
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    // Do you not add phone
    numbers to your phone?
    Do they just appear there
    by telepathy?//

    With BBM, you have another piece of info to ask for, and feed in. I can’t be bothered, generally.

    All the BBM contacts I have, I had to explictly ask for their pin (or they explicitly asked for an invite, if they know I am on BBM, and have my PIN)

    that’s unnecessarily convoluted.

    the purported BBM strength is actually the second greatest weakness (next to the poor spread)

    If you already have somebody’s tel number, presumably, you communicate with him.

    so, what’s this fatuous argument about your privacy being compromised by adopting the Whatsapp model of linking contacts?

    If a pest tries to reach out, is it that difficult to block with a Click.? We are now as all James Bond, or Angela Merkel, right?

    SMH.

  • October 29, 2013 at 9:13 am
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    The idea is that anyone with your phone number already have access to you and those you have their phone number, you probably would want to communicate with via IM Services are where that isn’t the case, you can always ignore any contact or block those you don’t want. Again, I would prefer not to request PINs for contacts I already have their numbers the way WhatsApp does it than keying in BBM PINs one after another.

    If people can easily get your phone number, they can equally get your PIN which you can ignore when they request to add you in their BBM contacts just like you can block them on WhatsApp.

  • October 29, 2013 at 11:58 am
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    I’ve come to realize all these arguments are pointless. You tend to use the platform on which more of your friends are. Before BBM went pseudo-cross-platform, I had some friends who were hardly the first to chat me up because, unless they had no choice, they tend to avoid Whatsapp. Now that I have BBM, I find I’m having to divide my time between Whatsapp and BBM for such folks. Now I’m only doing this because my relationship with these people matter to me. But if any ordinary, random person needs to reach me, it’s Whatsapp or nothing else.

    Has anyone ever wondered why IM clients like Line (which is actually amazing by the way), WeChat and Tango ain’t doing so well over here? Simple, the feature-phone dependent masses don’t have access to them.

  • October 29, 2013 at 4:04 pm
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    blog.gsmarena.com/blackberry-announces-20-million-new-customers-join-bbm-in-a-week/

  • October 29, 2013 at 8:47 pm
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    At least we have options. The only reason I will continue with WhatsApp is for those feature phone users I’m in contact with who will not be getting any new device.

  • October 30, 2013 at 5:26 pm
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    The main difference (which I believe sums it up) I see on both platforms, is in the making of new friends. With bbm friendship can be test run(boy-girl relationship) which can be ended or taken to the next level.
    With whatsapp, after blocking, the guy/girl still gets d chance to keep calling and generally be a nuisance.
    On social media, You tend to read “here’s my pin” as a status update but hardly “here’s my number”.

  • October 31, 2013 at 9:34 am
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    It boils down to personal preference. I know BBM users who want the last seen feature. That feature is one of the oldest on IM platforms. Who says you cannot snoop on BBM? BBM and privacy should not be in the same sentence. Is broadcasting the song you are listening to or updating every second the action of someone who wants privacy? People got on BBM to chat with as many people as possible so the assertion that BBM users want limited interaction is not entirely true. Many BBM if not most BBM users use BBM for limitless communication. I think the major difference between BBM and Whatsapp is that BBM aspires to be a social network of some sort while whatsapp concentrates on being an instant messaging platform and nothing more. Things like status update and profile pictures are relegated to the background on whatsapp while on BBM, they are broadcasted. The obvious result is seen in the fact that BBM users tend to update their status and change their dp as much as they would on facebook. If BBM pins were designed for privacy, then majority of BBM users did not get the memo.

  • October 31, 2013 at 9:37 am
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    @Deji, but on facebook, the same people display their numbers and email addresses. And if you really want privacy, why are you broadcasting your pin? I could also argue that you can easily block a number from calling you.

  • October 31, 2013 at 11:58 am
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    Giving the dog a bad name just to hang it, huh, Efe? So, you prefer to fault the use of a platform based on what its users decide to do with it.

    BBM is inherently more private and more secure, simply by the fact that both parties must give express consent to be able to see each other’s activity, unlike WhatsApp that can reveal everything once you have the person’s number. You cannot snoop on BBM unless the other person let’s you, while you can have unbridled snooping on WhatsApp whether he let’s you or not, it’s that simple.

    You can choose what to reveal on BBM while you have little choice in the matter on WhatsApp

  • October 31, 2013 at 6:57 pm
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    // BBM is inherently more private and more secure, simply by the fact that
    both parties must give express consent to be able to see each other’s activity, unlike WhatsApp
    that can reveal everything once you have the person’s number. You cannot snoop on BBM unless the other person let’s you, while you
    can have unbridled snooping on WhatsApp whether he let’s you or not, it’s that simple.//

    Most of those points are simply incorrect, inaccurate or of zero consequence.

    So, on Whatsapp you don’t give express permission before communication?

    And what do you mean by “inherently more private and secure?” That sounds like a mere declarative platitudinous statement, which may be true or false.

    And whats that fallacy about Whatsapp “revealing everything”? even when you have not accepted an invite? What exactly is revealed? The status? Last time online?

  • November 7, 2013 at 2:54 pm
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    there is an app called my status hidder on Google store. u can hide last seen on ur WhatsApp. am using it and it is working perfectly. I still prefer WhatsApp to bbm.

  • November 8, 2013 at 7:47 am
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    But you need another app to make it work to your liking. To each his own. I use a BB so i use both platforms and i prefer my privacy. BBM for me

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