Whether you’re a BBM user or not – you’ve probably had an overdose of those BBM Pins all over your social feeds. Many people – 10 million on the first day in fact – jumped onto the BBM bandwagon. Most of these, already veterans on WhatsApp, Viber and others, have no reason to be on BBM. I am convinced BBM is an inferior Instant Messaging experience. Here’s 5 reasons why:
If you are among those who have been using various IM applications on a regular basis,sharing contacts and location might not be a big deal for you. You take it for granted. It’s ‘just another feature’ that your IM app provides you.But if you have recently switched to BBM, you may not have that privilege as BBM does not let you send your location and other contact information across your various contacts. BBM, unlike other IM applications deprives you of this very basic feature. And you’ll only start missing it now.
Unlike WhatsApp which requires a phone number for getting in contact with other users, BBM is based on Pin-Based invites. You only add those who’ve been kind enough to give you their PIN.Unlike WhatsApp (and perhaps fortunately), BBM doesn’t allow any random person who simply has your number to reach you. You’ll argue that this can take care of your privacy to a great extent, and justifiably too. But I beg to differ.
If someone really is going to stalk you – they’re not going to do it through just BBM, bro. As Lao says to Lucius in the The Dark Knight – ‘a simple phone call would’ve sufficed’.
So all you BBM loyalists , WhatsApp (and others) aren’t really at a disadvantage here. In fact, they’re making life simpler.BBM Pins do not provide any extra privacy.
Another uncomfortable consequence of the dependency on Pins – If you plan to change your handset, you might just lose all your contacts in BBM. Each BlackBerry handset has a unique PIN assigned to it. In a new handset, you will have to reinstall BBM and create your BBM contact list all over again with a new BBM pin. On Android phones, you can backup WhatsApp conversations and import them to another phone. So much win (again).
Lack of emoticons:
For people who love expressing themselves through emoticons – BBM comes across as a source of disappointment – there are a lot lesser emoticons for use. Google Hangouts has tons (tons!) of emoticons, while WhatsApp has a pretty large base itself. All of these helping you express yourselves in every which way.But there are hardly any on BBM. Another drawback which might hold you back from installing this overhyped IM application.
Despite the fact that it received 10 million downloads in 24 hours, the limitations it possess are going to bring it nowhere close to the most widely used IM application. Do we have it on Windows Phone? No! Do we have it on Symbian? No! There – now there’s an added hassle of keeping 2 IM clients to talk to people on those platforms.
There’s no need for yet another (and inferior) IM client for any of us. Stop bombarding people with your PINs, and get back to WhatsApp!
©Sushmita Singh for PosterGully.com