BlackBerry Messenger As A Social Network

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Mister Mobility on BBM

There is a growing trend of BlackBerry users now publicly sharing their Messenger PIN. Individuals are doing it. Businesses and government offices are doing it.


It is amazing, really. With nothing other than a PIN, any Blackberry user can connect with any other anywhere in the world.

Non-BlackBerry fans may not get why BBM is popular in certain circles. In my opinion, it may be restricted, but it is not a fad. It is a powerful tool – a powerful social networking tool.

Social?

Mobile and web statistics for Africa, nay Nigeria, give a pointer. Web usage in Africa is predominantly social – Facebook, Twitter, et al.


Mobile internet usage paints the same picture. Web usage here is predominantly social. So, drop an easy-to-use service like BBM on a mobile with an excellent keyboard, and the result is what we have with users getting near addicted.

There are those who say that BlackBerry is only about “pinging”. While this is not true, even if it were, it would be good enough. People love connecting. Simple.

BlackBerry may not be the world’s most vibrant mobile brand, but it sure connects people in a way no other brand does at the moment.

Of course, like every other platform, it is not for everyone, so no worries if this doesn’t float your boat.

Connect With Me on BBM

If you do own a BlackBerry smartphone and would love to connect with Mister Mobility on BlackBerry Messenger, regardless of where you are on the planet, here is my PIN: 285A12BB (PIN no longer valid). Let’s hook up!


Yes; I finally got to the point where I am convinced that BBM can be used for more than just private socialising.

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23 comments

  1. General! isit really you.i am amazed at your pampering words for BB
    uts a pointer that there is more than meets the eye.i better start checking.nice one sir

  2. Absolutely brilliant!

    Just that BBM comes with it’s own peculiarities ?.g silly broadcasts, people pinging at odd hours, etc. I’m sure mister mobility is capable of handling these. When you have sensible people on your BBM, it’s fun and a very productive endevour. For me, when necessary, the delete button is not far away.

  3. Keweno,

    When you have sensible people on your BBM, it’s fun and a very productive endevour. For me, when necessary, the delete button is not far away.

    Well said.

    Part of the beauty of BBM is the way you can choose when to engage people. When you need some quiet time, messages can be ignored and then responded to later. And just like you said, where you have an irresponsible contact, there’s a button for that 😉

  4. “where you have an irresponsible contact, there’s a button for that”

    I love that phrase, and its already on my FBpage.

    Saved your PIN, who knows I might repent 1Day.

  5. BBM is a great communicating tool and a powerful social media for people that are well versed enough. It is one of the tool used in Arab spring north africa revolution in Egypt, Tunnisia and Libya. You can move messages in a jiffy and it is encrypted. You can also employ it as a marketing tools and as a social media. This some of the advantage of BBM.
    This also bring out the maturity of Mr. Mobility being able to shieve through advantage of a product and utilize same for business advantage. Though some people have blindly condemed Blackberry as an archaic tool that is not fit for gaming and without excellent browser and so many other ills

  6. Well, this is surprising. In my two months of using blackberry, I’ve gotten 43 contacts and deleted more than 30. I never reveal my pin publicly. Most of my contacts got my pin from other contacts.

    Will be adding you now, Mr. Mobility.

  7. Yes, BBM is an important tool. Despite myself, this article rang a chord somewhere in me head. The possibilities of connecting is infinite if BB WAS the dominant platform. Sadly it is not! However, having said that; many people all around the world use BB and it is perhaps a powerful social media tool and not just for private networks. See the havoc it caused in the UK not so long ago this year. Don’t get me wrong, BBM and other Social Media outlets like Twitter are a powerful force to reckon with! For both good and evil!

    Well, to round this up, it is still good to note that iOS now has its own Messenger service called iMessenger. At last count, I had 30 Connected pals on my imessenger all over the world inclusive of my wife.

    But the future in my humble opinion does not lie in proprietary instant messengers like BBM & iMessenger. I believe strongly that it lies more on cross platform messengers like Whatsapp and Pingme! Then one could really say he might have access to “unlimited” connectors. That is assuming most people on iOS, Symbian, BB, and Android agree to download the IM app in the first place!

    Finally, do not forget the power of SMS. According to Tomi Ahonen; Text Messages is truly the One unified and universal Social Media connection tool! Every Smartphone and even dumb phone have SMS capabilities!

  8. @afewgoodmen
    i agree with you. Chaton has also been launched by Samsung for android phones. soon it will be activated on bb, ios,windows. for those who value privacy, SMS remains the best option

  9. BlackBerry may not be the world’s most vibrant mobile brand, but it sure connects people in a way no other brand does at the moment.

    Like Afewgoodmen mentioned, cross platform is the best

    The current segregation based on platform makes the benefit derivable-incomplete.

    I would not put my BB pin out publicly. The nuisance factor may outweigh the benefits,by so doing.

    ‘there is a button for that’may just end up ruffling disgruntled

    Finally, for business use, sms may be a better option. You can save a copy of the conversation.

    If u could send sms reliably, over the net, for free, you would be able to reach anybody , with connected connected device.

    “”””””””

    For free daily free sms, see:

    http://www.Get2sns.com – 10 daily
    http://www.Vconnect,com- 50 daily
    http://www.Fakesms.in – n/a

    There is also an app (jaxtrsms)’that allows sending of sms over the net- free. See http://is.gd/m2qD48

    There is also ‘MessMo’ app. See http://goo.gl/0BlMs

    I would recommend ‘Vconnect. ‘ over all the others.

    I see sms eventually supplanting IMs real soon…

  10. I see sms eventually supplanting IMs real soon…

    One, it cannot happen because SMS is still ahead of IM, so there is nothing to supplant.

    Two, while SMS is good for cross-platform purposes, it is too basic for anything other than text messaging. IM platforms allow for transfer of rich media – pictures, animations and video. SMS doesn’t do that. Unless SMS evolves to take on some of the features of IM services, people will continue to turn to IM services like Yahoo, BBM, WhatsApp, and iMessenger.

    As for dominant platform or not, it really doesn’t matter. Millions of businesses today use different platforms to reach their target audiences regardless of the size of the platform – Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn are examples. They vary in size and reach.

    You may use a dominant platform and not be reaching your intended audience – if their usage of that platform is low. What is important is for businesses to identify where their potential customers are – and reach out to them on those platforms.

    Note also the control that IM services give users: your permission has to be sought to be added, and you can at any time block or remove a user. Such permission-based interaction does not exist with SMS, hence a problem with SMS SPAM. You get spammed and can do nothing about it but delete the messages.

    Of course, techies like ourselves know of 3rd party apps for blocking unwanted SMS messages. But again, think of the average person. They have no idea.

    SMS has the widest reach and ubiquity, but it must evolve if we are to use it for anything beyond text. For now, its a very limited social networking tool, if we can call it that at all.

  11. Great insight, Mr Mobility.

    One, it cannot happen because SMS is still ahead of IM, so there is nothing to supplant.

    supplant…replace.

    supplant
    ? v.
    supersede and replace.
    — DERIVATIVES supplanter n.
    — ORIGIN ME: from OFr. supplanter or L. supplantare ‘trip up’, from sub- ‘from below’ + planta ‘sole’.

  12. Text
    Messages is truly the One
    unified and universal
    Social Media connection
    tool! Every Smartphone
    and even dumb phone
    have SMS capabilities!

    True, even the most basic phone is SMS capable. My most reliable free sms app for both smartphones and feature phones is BiNu Messenger, register with your phone number and you can send up to 10 text messages each day for free! I never have to waste money for sending texts again. The app all has excellent server based dictionary and wikipedia searches. It also has a facebook and twitter client but these’re poor. Its the next best Java (non-browser) cloud based app since Snaptu!

  13. @Eye.bee.kay

    And why does Mr. Mobility think sms is ahead of IMs ? Says who??

    Can this be proved?

    I think I’ve read that on one of Tomi Ahonen’s blog, that’s an analysis supporting SMS as the most used GSM technology though I can’t supply the link now.

    Let’s use a little common sense:
    * Everyone with a mobile phone can do SMS but not everyone with a mobile phone can do IM.

    * The number of people toting dumb phones with no facilities for internet and by extension IM is by far greater than that of people with smartphones and feature phones combined, with internet facilities and can enable the use of IM.

    * There can be technical huddles limiting the use of IMs sometimes – the need to have the correct internet settings or the right applications etc.

    * Though you might not be using SMS directly, think of the number of unsolicited SMS you get monthly.

  14. @Harry, Good analyses.commonsensical too.
    Nonethless, i doubt the veracity of that categorical statement.I said ‘doubt’

    There are people that chat for hours on end. Not so for sms your submission that there are more feature phones than smart phones is worth reexamining – closely.

    Thechatting done via twitter, etc-on blackberry alone MAY exceed all the smses sent via all phones!

    Conclusively, when there are no empirical data to backup a statement, it is better to use phrases like -‘likely to be’.

  15. (
    phone is SMS capable. My most reliable free sms appfor both smartphones andfeature phones is BiNu Messenger, register with your phone number and you can send up to 10 textmessages each day for free
    )

    Bless you!
    Bye -Snaptu. Welcome – Binu Messenger..

  16. @Eye.bee.kay

    You are the one who started using the term supplant, but it is not clear what you mean by the term, ie number of messages or number of users. Mr. Mobility’s appears to be clearer what he meant:

    SMS has the widest reach and ubiquity, but it must evolve if we are to use it for anything beyond text . For now, its a very limited social networking tool , if we can call it that at all.

    Now from Mr. Mobility’s statement, it is clear that what he meant was number of users rather than number of messages or frequency of use. If what you meant was volume of messages sent through each platform, I would also want to believe that IM would be greater though this could still be debatable.

  17. @Harry Echemco, Which is more relevant? The bank with the greatest number of customers / branches (sms)…
    Or
    The one with the beefiest deposit base (IM)

    I think, the latter.

    I meant total volume of IM sent.

    Clarity of thought. Of expression..Disambiguation. Food for thought…

  18. Mister mobility i don send you invite oh! @Spacyzuma dm me your pin via twitter abeg.

    BBM is nice but the very minute you start bugging me with grossly irrelevant pings, the winch in me comes out and i unfriend you sharp sharp.

  19. BBM? Well am not a BB fan, although I was tempted to use one but nope. Maybe when Android is running on it I can consider getting one.

  20. i think unintelligent discussants with a fundamental disconnect from the context of the issue should be banned! my humble submission pls

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