BBM Channels beta

BlackBerry Messenger's Channels feature is still in beta, but the features keep on coming. There are some basic usability enhancements in a recently-launched update, such as being able to leave "likes" from the updates screen and deleting comments from your channel, but also some new verification mechanisms. For one, there's an age check to attempt to keep mature content out of reach from the young'uns. There's also a new Verified badge, much like Twitter. This is to make sure you know you're dealing with a proper brand, and not just a page that some random cooked up. 

For those unfamiliar, Channels is a way for brands and personalities to broadcast updates to a group over BlackBerry Messenger. Think of it kind of like Facebook Pages; all you have to do is like someone in order to get their updates, rather than making a friend request approval. It's still in the testing phase for now. 

Here's the full change log for BBM Channels and 

  • Multi-Threaded Comments- don’t worry about your comments getting lost ever again! Reply directly to comments to have more engaging conversations in BBM Channels.
  • Delete Comments– manage the content posted in your channel.
  • Date of Birth Verification – authenticate yourself when you sign up for Channels so we are providing the correct experience for your age group.
  • Office Hours – let subscribers know when you’re available to chat! Set office hours from your channel profile so subscribers know when you can be reached.
  • Enhanced BlackBerry 10 Updates Tab within BBM: liking and commenting has never been easier. You can now like and comment on your favourite posts straight from the updates tab! You can also ‘tap’ on pictures from a Channel post to see them grow full size.
  • Verified Badge – no need to wonder if the channel you’re following is authentic. Now you can look for the verified badge for selected channels in profile, search results, and carousel. Check out the Blue Jays and BlackBerry Channel for some examples of how badging looks!
  • Reporting Content – you can now report channels, posts, and comments as inappropriate so BlackBerry can review and address.

Slight side effect of the beta on the Q10: reverting to a white theme. Bleh. Anyway, hit up the BlackBerry Beta Zone for your update. Oh, and be sure to follow all of the CrackBerry crew on Channels!