One of the big gripes we have with cross-platform BBM is the way it handles contacts — or that it doesn't. There was never really a way to easily discover which friends and contacts are using BBM and quickly add them to your contacts. A new BBM update for iOS and Android is rolling out this week however and includes the new Find Friends feature which will fix all that.
The feature lets you see which of your contacts are already using BBM, then quickly send them an invite. For those that don't use BBM, you can send an SMS or email invite to download the app.
The Find Friends feature will detect which contacts in your smartphone’s contact list are already using BBM, and allow you to quickly send them an invite to join your BBM contact list. For those contacts that don’t yet have BBM, you can invite them to download the app with an email or SMS invite.
We know how important it is for you to connect with your closest friends, family and colleagues. With this update, we’ve made it easier to find and invite them quickly and easily. You’re always in control of your contact lists.
The update is rolling out this week starting today, so it should be showing up soon for Android and iOS users. There is still plenty to come in BBM 2.0 as well in the weeks and months ahead.