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BlackBerry Launches Twitter-Like BBM Channels

samzenpus posted about a year ago | from the try-our-twitter dept.

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judgecorp writes "BlackBerry has launched BBM Channels, a rather Twitter-like social network that runs on its BBM messaging system. Meanwhile the company had good news in the developing world: it is the second most popular phone in South Africa. From the article: 'The update is available for BBM users on BlackBerry 10 and some older BlackBerry smartphones, but it is promised that support will be added for iPhone and Android soon, with users of those platforms able to access the web version if they have a confirmed BlackBerry ID email address.'"

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And for who? (3, Interesting)

Z00L00K (682162) | about a year ago | (#45548003)

Who's going to use that feature and who's going to read? Not even Twitter is showing a profit.

Whips and Chains!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45548011)

BBM means Bodacious Bondage and Masochism right you kinky kinky mother fucks?!

Re:Whips and Chains!! (1)

Grisstle (2798631) | about a year ago | (#45548971)

No way man, big beautiful manatees was the name manatee porn lovers have been using since the old timey days when we thought they were mermaids.

Re:Whips and Chains!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45549087)

Way back machine is blocked when I look up the history for bbm.com at work.

Re:And for whom? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45548223)

FTFY

Re:And for who? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45548427)

You're supposed to check your BBM channel when you're having a big BM.

Re:And for who? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45549049)

Multitasking on BB10 free's up a lot of time. Reading several articles on reddit, slashdot, crackberry and bbm channels is equivalent to reading one web site on android, or up to 3 on iPhone.

Re:And for who? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45549781)

Your post is pretty fucking stupid and makes no sense. It's almost like you've never used other phones before. Know what the fuck you're talking about before you post.

Re:And for who? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45552417)

Your post is pretty fucking stupid and makes no sense. It's almost like you've never used other phones before. Know what the fuck you're talking about before you post.

You must be kidding, his post makes perfect sense. It's like you've never used a Blackberry. Back when I used my mildly retarded Nexus, I was struggling to stay on top of things, missing appointments and Google was just happy knowing my favorite brand of cookies. But now that I have a Blackberry device I have none of these issues, hey, even the OS isn't a half baked bag of shit like Android!
Now, I'll admit I've never tried an iPhone and I'd certainly be willing to test one out, because I'm not like homophobic or anything, but I can't imagine it being and better.

Re:And for who? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45552993)

I have used the new BBs and they're shit. You can run dual apps on Android, they have work/home profile splitting, calendars work fine and send reminders as I specify they should be sent. Pull your head out of your ass and you wont miss appointments. Bag of shit? Android is a fully mature OS that BB tries to catch up to and incase you missed the news over the last three years, BB has circled the drain and is waiting to be buried like any stinking corpse should be.

So yeah, the post is still fucking stupid and you've added more shit to the pile with your steaming turd of a post. By your own admission, you havent even tried an iPhone.

What the fuck does homophobia have to do with trying a phone?

Professor Voice (2)

drinkypoo (153816) | about a year ago | (#45548015)

Meanwhile the company had good news in the developing world: it is the second most popular phone in South Africa.

Good news everyone! We're the second-most popular phone in South Africa!

Maybe next year they can be the fourth-most popular phone in Great Britain.

Re:Professor Voice (3, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45548061)

Say what you want about BlackBerry, but BBM is actually one of their strongest products. The strength comes from the fact that it's encrypted* and that it has confirmation of delivery and reading. I'm actually very happy that it's available on Android and iOS now.

*encrypted in comparison to SMS. You can make up your own mind if the NSA or others have access to the messages.

Re:Professor Voice (1)

drinkypoo (153816) | about a year ago | (#45548069)

*encrypted in comparison to SMS. You can make up your own mind if the NSA or others have access to the messages.

You can make up your own mind, but if you don't believe that they do when Blackberry has demonstrated the ability to give the authorities that data in some countries, and when the NSA has demonstrated the ability to lean on anyone within their sphere of influence, you're not using your brain. Of course, maybe you feel you have nothing to hide from the government and never will, in which case, more power to you I guess.

Re:Professor Voice (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45548159)

Sometimes it's not about hiding from the government. There is such a thing as sensitive information that the government doesn't give a crap about: my sales numbers for this quarter, a credit card number, an alarm code, etc. If you send them via SMS or e-mail, they are plain-text and can be read by anyone. I prefer some encryption in those cases.

Re:Professor Voice (1)

Nerdfest (867930) | about a year ago | (#45548195)

If people have interest in a properly encrypted message exchange network, there's a funded kickstarted coming out shortly called Trsst.

Re:Professor Voice (2)

Pi1grim (1956208) | about a year ago | (#45548161)

Every single messenger is encrypted in the way BBM is encrypted. (at least I hope everyone's learned how to use SSL). The protocol is proprietary, that means there's going to be some hassle to implement OTR for it (you know, the only true encryption - end-to-end).

Re:Professor Voice (1)

Opportunist (166417) | about a year ago | (#45553187)

Say what you want about BlackBerry, but BBM is actually one of their strongest products.

And yet nobody knows about it. Tells you more about BlackBerry than anything else.

Re:Professor Voice (1)

wonkey_monkey (2592601) | about a year ago | (#45548071)

I'd be happy if my company was doing either of those thngs. If companies threw in the towel just because they couldn't make it to number one blah blah blah.

Long day. Couldn't be bothered to complete train of thought.

Re:Professor Voice (3, Insightful)

drinkypoo (153816) | about a year ago | (#45548127)

I'd be happy if my company was doing either of those thngs. If companies threw in the towel just because they couldn't make it to number one blah blah blah.

The problem here is one of economies of scale. You can't be successful both designing and building new smartphones and also spending assloads on marketing if you aren't also a leader in the market, because smartphones are expensive to design and produce. If you're making something with a small sunk cost, that's a valid comment. Smartphones aren't that thing. All those effectively no-name Chinese smartphone makers who turn them out cheap are doing so based on copying others' designs, they don't have to sink the cost on their own.

Re:Professor Voice (2)

Nerdfest (867930) | about a year ago | (#45548225)

They're not neccessarily copying designs, but they are jumping on board the economies of scale already established for the required components, plus also leveraging open-source for the OS.

Re:Professor Voice (1)

drinkypoo (153816) | about a year ago | (#45548325)

They're not neccessarily copying designs, but they are jumping on board the economies of scale already established for the required components, plus also leveraging open-source for the OS.

Actually, many of them are literally copying designs. Down to the plastics. And they don't even have to copy them, they get to make their plastics in the same plant the official ones come out of. They do make them with inferior plastic in most cases, with predictable results.

Re:Professor Voice (1)

Nerdfest (867930) | about a year ago | (#45548367)

True, but that's not unique to phones. Chinese companies have been doing that to all products.

Re:Professor Voice (1)

drinkypoo (153816) | about a year ago | (#45548423)

True, but that's not unique to phones. Chinese companies have been doing that to all products.

Right, and if you can find where I claimed uniqueness, then you'll really have something.

The Chinese have been copying so long and so avidly they are still known for copying flaws in machine tools.

Re:Professor Voice (1)

jbmartin6 (1232050) | about a year ago | (#45548269)

What does "a leader in the market" mean? Clearly you don't mean the top slot only, since there is already more than one smartphone maker. The parent used the term 'number one' so your point seems moot. Blackberry *is* a leader in the market, didn't you hear they are number two in South Africa? It's like saying 'one of the top somethings' well ANY of the things is 'one of the top' except the very bottom one. It all depends on where you draw that arbitrary line.

Re:Professor Voice (1)

drinkypoo (153816) | about a year ago | (#45548559)

What does "a leader in the market" mean?

The market is global and #2 in SA doesn't amount to a hill of beans in this crazy, mixed-up world. At least, not when you're as big as crackberry.

Re:Professor Voice (1)

Nidi62 (1525137) | about a year ago | (#45549633)

Meanwhile the company had good news in the developing world: it is the second most popular phone in South Africa.

Good news everyone! We're the second-most popular phone in South Africa!

Maybe next year they can be the fourth-most popular phone in Great Britain.

My company isn't the most popular in the world in its business, and the division I work in still had almost $1billion worth of revenue last year. This year is down slightly, and they are hoping for around $950million in revenue. You don't have to be number 1 to have a successful business.

Re:Professor Voice (1)

davester666 (731373) | about a year ago | (#45550209)

Well, it depends on the business and what you have to do to get that $1bn in revenue. If you need to spend $1.5bn to get it...

Re: Professor Voice (1)

Nidi62 (1525137) | about a year ago | (#45550293)

Well, last year we paid out our highest profit sharing payments ever. This year we exceeded last year's total by the 3rd quarter. So I am pretty sure we aren't spending 1.5 to make that 1

Re: Professor Voice (1)

davester666 (731373) | about a year ago | (#45550403)

Then I don't think you work for BlackBerry...

Oh wow! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45548047)

You know what else is popular in south africa? AIDS...

Re:Oh wow! (0)

Flavianoep (1404029) | about a year ago | (#45548077)

You know what else is popular in south africa? AIDS...

What an absurd! Everyone hates AIDS in South Africa!

Re:Oh wow! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45548149)

And so is gang rape. Just behind football in popularity.

new queen of the nile is a guy hired by us? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45548103)

don't ask don't tell if you see something look away fake heritage better than none?

I tried it for a week (1)

John Stock (3421943) | about a year ago | (#45548169)

I tried it for a week on Android. It's got a horrible UI and offers nothing that's not already out there. The business might collapse at any point and no one I know uses it. So just WHY?

Web version (1)

ThatTreeOverThere (2632641) | about a year ago | (#45548211)

>with users of [iOS and Android] able to access the web version So you're telling me there's not going to be native support for it on the bigger platforms? No one's going to use it if it's just a web app on the iPhone or Android. A messaging client can't function without notifications, for instance.

I'm buying - Blackberry has a future (1)

JoeyRox (2711699) | about a year ago | (#45548219)


A future in the museum of forgotten electronic gadgets that were once popular but have long since been forgotten.

This will be as popular ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45548243)

This will be as popular as a typical "RIM-launch" ...

Yo, BlackBerry! (4, Insightful)

emil (695) | about a year ago | (#45548271)

Here's an idea for you: my Playbook would love to run BBM. It might also like to load APK files directly. It's called backporting. A few companies make quite a bit of money at it.

Re:Yo, BlackBerry! (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45548515)

lol you bought a Playbook.

It's actually a great tablet OS. (1)

emil (695) | about a year ago | (#45552905)

BlackBerry should license an updated Playbook OS on cheap terms for Chinese tablets. It has its quirks, but it's far better software than most JellyBean implementations. With BB10's ability to run APKs natively, it would knock Android out of the market. BB10 user satisfaction is especially good for Android converts. I have yet to make the Playbook suddenly reboot, which is far too common with most Android. The Playbook probably has equivalent performance of the IPad 2/3, and is far lower in cost. The interface controls are superb. My phone runs cyanogenmod, but I'd love to have another option with a QNX kernel.

Big Surprise (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45548291)

An article with some positives for Blackberry on Slashdot that only has negative bandwagon bashing comments. I for one am shocked! /s

Relevance? (0)

acidradio (659704) | about a year ago | (#45548521)

Seriously. What is BBM? Hell, what is a Blackberry? I've never seen one. I hear about this old mythical creature but I don't know what it looks like and nobody else I know knows what it looks like. Hmmm.

South African here (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45548669)

They only got to number 2 by offering an unlimited data plan with their phones , and i actually think that they were number 1 here a few years ago, so this is definitely spin

Too late (1)

Hamsterdan (815291) | about a year ago | (#45548857)

Twitter is too big to be taken on by RIM. Microsoft was kinda successful with Bing because it could sink tons of time and money into it, which RIM doesn't have.

#2 in South Africa? How nice for them. (1)

gumbright (574609) | about a year ago | (#45549079)

Its not like South Africa has demonstrated a tendency to hold onto things that are past their time or anything...

yawn. so they finally recompiled something. (1)

swschrad (312009) | about a year ago | (#45549671)

this is just about as significant as Sparkum Flint Works releasing a new line of arrowheads in a New York City event. on the wharf. at 2 am. on Thanksgiving Day. not even a slow or dead news cycle is going to get any interest.

Please stop (1)

MikeBabcock (65886) | about a year ago | (#45552635)

Stop publicizing all these ridiculous closed chat systems. We have Jabber and IRC and SIP -- we don't need to support this craziness anymore.

Re:Please stop (1)

Opportunist (166417) | about a year ago | (#45553199)

But .. but ... but ... but I'm a MANAGER! I have to have access to something exclusive that the plebs don't have!

The truth behind being 2nd in South Africa (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45557997)

As a South African I feel I need to clarify why BB is doing so well. Firstly data and voice services are extremely expensive compared to other countries. Secondly BB use to offer a BIS package with their phones, so people could get cheap access to data services such as unlimited emails and browsing on the phone for a small fee. This service was recently stopped, which caused their sales to slow down on new devices. So the fact that they are so popular is based on avg sales of about a year ago. They will probably be 2nd last in a year's time.

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