As the 31st of May approaches, sadly the end of consumer BBM is nearing. Since 2005 this messenger was part of our daily lives, every day, ALL DAY! So it was for everyone an utter shock when Emtek broke the news with their un-catchy slogan “…It’s time to say goodbye”. This left us, the loyal consumer a bit dishevelled as we clutched our handsets reading this message, but most importantly one question popped up! …Where are we BBM users heading NOW? Where are we going to transfer our compass towards an Instant Messenger in this saturated galaxy of social networking? Where are we going to find a messaging service where loyalty was so part of the daily co-dependency as if it was clockwork, perfectly aligned on trust?
ENTER BlackBerry…For the Blue Blood Blackberry Band of Brothers the logical answer would be a simple one… And that was exactly what BlackBerry made possible! COME OVER TO THE ENTERPRISE was the message that was received, and it was received with a very loud & fervent cosmic YES!
“…Logic is the beginning of wisdom” Mr Spock
It all started on Enterprise: 4.1
Back in Waterloo in the early to mid 2000’s were a community of mobile messenger’s beta-ing the brainchild idea of an in-house software developer, Mr Gary Klassen. Called the “Quick Messenger” at first, Klassen developed this idea originally to be incorporated into Blackberry Enterprise Server 4.1. “Quick Messenger”, as it was called then became “BlackBerry Messenger” or BBM as we know it now, was coined in one of the meetings at the time. Employees really had a head-start early on in its development as they shared internally at Research in Motion a messaging system that would eventually rule the world, and it was thriving from the Get-Go. Only a handful of people were involved in the first version of BBM. So few they were that it was only Klassen himself and another full-time employee, supported by two co-op students who joined the group along the way. Eventually, this quartet made INSTANT messenger HISTORY!
“..One man cannot summon the future, but one man can change the present” Mr Spock
BBM 1.0: A star is born
The research team learned that if they use a current PIN to PIN key, it was going to be the start of something great! Coupled with the status updates “D” for Delivered & “R” for Read, it was a ground-breaking messaging option. It made the user according to Klassen part of “sense of real-time presence”. BlackBerry Messenger was the first in the form of text communiqué that was instantaneous, it was cross-carrier, and it was mobile driven! As far as “online presence” go, BBM were truly “Always Online” In other Instant Messengers of the time it caused a lot of stress when it appears you’re online, but you’re not…they just didn’t have that kind of functionality. OTA applications made BBM a viable option at the selling point of any carrier. This forward thinking initiative to register this mechanism within the ecosystem of BBM is now present in EVERY messaging application today. And it all started back in Waterloo with BlackBerry Messenger v1.0. BBM became the instant messaging solution that started to spread its wings on August 1, 2005. This messaging system had an effect on everyone around them and the buzzword within the corporation was BBM! This excitement soon snowballed to every newbie BBM user around the world whom clutched their very own BlackBerry mobile device (thank you QQP). And the rest, like they say was history! BBM was here to stay and it blew everyone away. So much so that it was even added to the English Collins Dictionary in the year 2012. Now that’s a permanent statement if I ever saw one.
“…Instruments only register through things they are designed to register” Mr Spock
- August 1, 2005
- Birth of BlackBerry Messenger
- August 2009
- GPS location integrated with BBM.
- BBM adds PIN barcode scanning.
- Introduced Streamlined voice notes and Animated Display Picture first on mobile device
- July 28, 2011
- BBM 6 Launches with Connected Apps.
- November 2, 2011
- BBM Music Beta Launches
- September 13, 2012
- BBM Enters the Collins English Dictionary
- December 10, 2012
- BBM Voice Launches with BBM7 Update
- October 22, 2013
- BBM Goes Cross Platform
- November 26, 2013
- BBM Channels Launches
- April 1, 2014
- BBM Stickers Launches
- November 20, 2014
- BBM Meetings Launches
- January 7, 2015
- BBM Supports Android Wearables
- February, 2015
- BBM Shop Hits 1 Billion Views
- March 4, 2015
- BBM Hits 100M Google Play Installs
- June 26, 2015
- Private Chat Introduced
- July 3, 2015
- BBM Gets Android Material Design Makeover
- August 1, 2015
- BBM Celebrates its 10th Birthday
- May 31, 2019
- Consumer BlackBerry Messenger ends…BlackBerry Messenger Enterprise continue!
“…Without freedom of choice, there is no creativity” James T Kirk
What is BBMe and what makes it different?
The official depiction by BlackBerry on BBM Enterprise reads as follows:
“…a secure messaging platform that protects your personal information. It doesn’t track your contacts, where you’re messaging from, or what you’re sharing and discussing. Create a closed social circle by establishing contact relationships through an invitation request and accept process (via email, NFC or PIN). BBMe only requires an email address for signup, unlike other apps that require a phone number and other personal information. BlackBerry won’t suggest contacts to users or sell user’s phone numbers”
“…The sender and recipient each have unique public/private encryption and signing keys. These keys are generated on the device by a FIPS 140-2 certified cryptographic library and are not controlled by BlackBerry. Each message uses a new symmetric key for message encryption. Secure end-to-end signing and encryption protects all BBMe messages from eavesdropping or manipulation. Additionally, TLS encryption protects the connections between the device and BlackBerry’s infrastructure”
The consumer version was literally Tokyo by night! It had all conceivable entities locked tight & ready! …it had the glitz, it had the glamour, it had everything an Instant Messenger should have, Channels, Sticker packs, Mobile Gaming, Discover TV, Sporting & Leisure services, Uber, and chat wallpapers to name a few! BBMe on the other hand is definitely the corporate elder brother, its protective, it’s a leader, it’s a genius and it bears successful permanence amongst governments and corporate companies and now for us, the migrating consumer!
So here is ALL THE FACTS you need to know!
- With BBMe you can chat 1:1 or in groups & conduct Voice and Video calls with your trusted contacts.
- BBMe offer NO ADS!!
- BBMe is an excellent high-security IM with features & stouter encryption than the consumer version offered.
- With BBMe you can send your files & voice notes or share your static and / or dynamic location.
- Take full control of your Communication. You can edit, retract or set an expiry time on a single message or picture.
- With BBMe you can have peace of mind knowing the person sending you a message is who they say they are.
- In BBMe you have the personal preference of Light & Dark Themes
- Overall BBMe is as frothy on the battery as a basilisk is on water. It is very light
- BBMe offer NO CHANCE of taking a screenshots whilst within the application. Reiterating strong security form factor that it boast.
- With BBMe you’ll always know when your message is received and read, with “D” and “R” visual indicators.
- BBMe can be used on up to 5 DEVICES Simultaneously!!!
- BBMe will cost you roundabout $5.00 per annum to have all your conversations private & secure. BUT the first year is absolutely FREE!
To know your BBMe interface even better here are the individual Icons within the chat interface that makes this messenger stand above the rest.
“…Insufficient facts always invite danger” Mr Spock
Cpt James T Kirk say thank you!
William Shatner on the success of BlackBerry through its 35 years…
At its heart, BBM remains an excellent way to communicate, which is why users remain incredibly loyal. So sign up with your BlackBerry ID to get your own Delta Shield for Enterprise by downloading the application from your favourite app vendor & and boldly go where no Instant Messenger has gone before!
visit the BlackBerry webpage and download the BBM Enterprise Desktop client: https://swdownloads.blackberry.com/Downloads/entry.do?code=8606BDB6F1FA707FC6CA309943EEA443
“BBM-e Up, Scotty”
via community contributor Michael Fleming