Of course every BlackBerry addict knows about RIM’s ongoing ad campaign promoting BlackBerry Messenger, but how exactly are the masses really using it? What I found out a few months back would not make any RIM campaign, I can assure you.
I’ll admit it, I am newer to the BlackBerry world than many of you. I did have a Curve a while back but I heard of the impending release of the “Niagara”, now of course known as the Bold 9650. I quickly returned the Curve within my first two weeks of ownership and waited, and waited, and waited some more for the 9650.
I never did get to experience the joys of BBM until I bought the 9650 a few months ago. I was a Palm Treo user for several years until I realized that I really didn’t use many of the WM applications, which is why I wanted to jump onto BlackBerry. I still needed a smart phone.
Like many newbies, I created a My Blackberry account (my.blackberry.com) and posted my pin without truly understanding what I was doing. Silly me, I thought BBM was a wonderful tool used by professionals around the globe. I thought the possibility of networking with a bunch of cool business people would be great, considering I lost my last job thanks to our lovely economy. Why oh why didn’t I just Google BBM before ever posting my pin?
I kid you not, within thirty seconds of posting my pin, I had several requests from users, asking to be added as a contact. Within a mere ninety seconds, I had lots of requests. And what do you know, they were all guys. Not that I have anything against guys. I’d much rather talk football and taxes than knitting and shopping (yeah, so I’m a little odd). Well, many of these guys loved talking football. Taxes, not so much. They quickly named their favorite teams, etc., etc. This lasted for all of maybe ten minutes. Then of course, the real BBM conversation kicked in.
Seriously, do 98% of BlackBerry users really use BBM as a huge sexting tool? Based on the percentage of all the contacts that were hitting me up, the answer would be a big fat affirmative. I guess I was expecting adult conversation from BBM, but not quite that adult. Isn’t that what Hotmail and Yahoo Messenger are for? And sexting, by the way is apparently a real word now (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sexting), although I don’t see it listed at Merriam-Webster’s site just yet. I bet they never saw this coming 20 years ago... oh, never mind.
Now I will say that I have “met” a few wonderful, professional BBM friends that I gladly keep in my contact list. However, all the people who want to talk lingerie or constantly send shirtless BB pictures of yourself along with dirty jokes, you will be deleted… quickly, I might add.
I deleted my pin posting soon after releasing it on My BlackBerry. Somehow, I still get direct messages in my inbox there, saying “You’re so pretty, please add me.” Eh, no... I won’t add you based of your request. You’re the very type of person I’m trying to avoid, so stop sending me direct messages.
I am at a point that I actually Google pin numbers when I get a request now. I think BlackBerry should add this in fine print to their BBM ad campaign videos from now on.