BBM is the role model for all IM apps


In the last year I find myself saying “I already have it”. Now I find myself saying it once again after an Israeli local tech site reported that Viber, the Israeli-based company now encrypts all of their messages and have added a new feature called Hidden Chat.

OK, so we all know what encrypted messages are – but what is Hidden Chat? The report says that users will be able to use a code to protect their chats, so only if you have the code can you see chat history and more. What’s the problem? What if this is an important chat and you forget the code? What if someone has your code and tries to check your messages? The main idea is good, but not perfect.

BBM already has Private Chat, chats which nobody can read messages or chat history after you end it, no matter which codes they have. Why? Because BBM private chat deletes itself from the device and servers after you end the chat. So, “I already have it” is pretty correct in this case.

I mentioned in the post title that BBM is the role model for IM apps all over the world. You can see it as all IM companies are now bringing features to their platform that BBM has had for a long of time. From full encrypted messages and Voice calls to video calls, WhatsApp only recently added this feature, Private options for chats and more.

All the various IM companies look to BlackBerry and BBM, attempting to copy it – and when all the players want to be like you, that means you are the best.

Lets market BBM to friends and family – push it as much as we can, because it’s the best IM you can find.


Roy Shpitalnik

lived the life of a BlackBerry since 2009 so I was first exposed to 8900. With Israeli cellular world history, training and knowledge for more on BlackBerry, I decided to join the community. When the Media bash BlackBerry on regular basis i decided to Join BerryIL.COM. The true must be published. Contact me on Twitter : @SimpleBerryRoy

  • E

    Indeed! It’s like everyone suddenly woke up and crawled out of bed on the BlackBerry side.
    Stick with the original!


  • bambinoitaliano

    Thank you Roy for reminding folks of the original Instant Messaging and what its purpose. BlackBerry original creation of BBM and smartphone was and still is catering to the needs of its users. The focus has always been about the practical functionality of the apps and phones for the users. Thanks to the superficial world that we live in today, function be damn. It’s all about what’s new, how can we dress up a shitty app and attract attention and get people talking. And the media and sites are more than willing to sell their souls to speak ill of BlackBerry. Because this is a number game. Consumers are just a number, the more the merrier. So what if the emperor has no clothes as long as majority of the people say he is dressed why not go along with it. We are truly living in the world of zombie apocalypse when it comes to consumption of products. We get mold, shape and herd into selected few products we ought to consume by the conglomerates. How pathetic it is in the advance of science and technology the mobile phone landscape is dominated by two platforms that control what instant messaging services you ought to be with.

  • Anthony

    I’m noticing tech companies are visiting fan blog sites and stealing ideas and concepts. locco_smiley_9

    Mention something and a few days, weeks, or months later and it appears.

    Ergo, no one is surprised if BBM is downplayed while competitors adapt its features.

  • fishlove73

    I’ve tried and still continue to try to market to friends and family. Bambinoitaliano is 100% correct in saying.

    “..We are truly living in the world of zombie apocalypse when it comes to consumption of products.”

    Getting someone to step out of their box and try something new exercising a little bit of independent thinking is like pulling teeth. Maybe people are afraid? Too many blue screens of death on PC’s in the past? Afraid of not being popular on FB or Twitter?? Whatever it is, it is hurting us as a society. I thought the “hive” mentality and collaboration was supposed to make people smarter?? (sarcasm)

    The social media herd mentality has really dumbed down society imho. I ended up drawing a line in the sand…BBM or I don’t respond. Mixed results.