BBM Stress Test: Add me to your BBM Contacts now!

5:50PM UPDATE: OK Folks, things have been going crazy awesome today. We got flooded with requests by the thousands. They're still coming in. We maxxed out the contacts approved at over 2,050. We have hundreds of chats going, BBM Video Chat is holding up, as is the whole device. Overall, the Z10 and BB10 are passing the BBM Stress Test with flying colors. We have more testing to do but we're stopping for a dinner break (we're going to toss in a fresh battery and see how fast it drains given the amount of BBM stuff we have going on). Were turning off the live stream now, but we'll keep recording video updates and be following up with a big summary post and conclusion video. 

HUGE THANKS to everyone who participated. If you haven't been approved yet, the odds are you won't be approved as a contact because we've pretty much reached the cap for contacts (though we will keep trying). 

Thanks again for all the love and support to day. CrackBerry Nation FTW!!!

By Kevin Michaluk on 1 Apr 2013 12:04 pm EDT
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This is it. The BBM Stress Test is on! If you're reading this and have a BlackBerry in your hand, open up BBM and add me as a contact. You can either scan the barcode above or add me via my PIN. Don't wait. Do it. Do it now!

If you're not sure what this is all about, add me to BBM right now, then read this article about the BBM Stress Test and what it's all about. 

We're broadcasting the event live, so you can hit play on the video below and you might even see your BBM request come through. 

The plan of action is to first max out the number of contacts on my BBM list as fast as possible. From there, we'll test out how BBM runs on the BlackBerry Z10 even when full - we'll do some chats, setup some groups, and try sending out a broadcast or two.

TAKE NOTE - if and when we reach max capacity, your request might not come through. And, it may take me a while to approve everybody. Have patience. Don't be offended if your request ultimately doesn't get accepted. We're doing this for the sake of BlackBerry science! You're participating in history. :)

Once the BBM Stress Test is done, we'll be following up with another post with the results. In the meantime, ADD ME TO BBM and spread the word!

BBM Stress Test Live Stream and Chat!

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BBM Stress Test: Add me to your BBM Contacts now!

225 Comments

Is there any security concern on doing this? I mean, I guess only Kevin can see our PINs right? or will I start receiving tons of spam, etc? Kevin, will you use the PINs for anything else?

OMG, I may have lost faith in large parts of society and the human condition worries me greatly, but if I can't trust Kevin, I'm lost! Seriously, friend, if you're that worried, unplug everything and start making a helmet out of aluminium foil...

lol, chill-out guys, I trust Kevin, why else would I ask him if if is planning to use them on something? kind of a waste of time to ask a question to someone you don't trust, right?

I have a couple of friends that like to send group messages to all their BBM contacts about all kind of crap, like sports or religion... They are friends and I chat with them often but I hate those freaking group messages with passion and as far as I know BBM does not have a way to block those, maybe I'm wrong?

I just want to make sure my PIN will not end on some kind of marketing list and start getting group messages about buying accessories or other crap, whats the problem being worried about this?

There's no problem, it's a fair question:)
I wouldn't worry about the guy who called you out for it.

Your PIN is safer than giving away your phone number though. One reason, is that you need BBM to contact people over BBM. So they'd need a BB device to contact you with. It's also really easy to block someone! Even if you accept someone as a contact and then change your mind, once you remove them from your BBM contact list, you will automatically be removed from there contact list.

Are you going to raffle this off and the lucky users has 2000 BBM contacts when they get their phone?
I know it is based on BB ID too but just keep the id there.

Invite is not sending in BBM nor when I scan code? nothing sent even though it says it sent, but nothing under sent tab?

Ok I did not realize BBM does not work over Wifi, so I turned off Wifi and now it sent, but saying pending.

Didn't realize that either, but why does it not surprise me? BB Link won't work with wifi on either. A message or warning to that effect from the software would be nice, however!

That one name coming up multiple times, is probably because the guy sent more then one request.
Doesn't seem to combine invites even if there is an invite for the same contact pending

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If he does manage to add all these requests to his contacts it'll render his address book pretty much useless.

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Your Mic is too close or sucks, my laptop speakers are rattling from your voice Kevin, seriously I had to turn volue down to level 24 and now of course barely hear you.

If anyone is interested in chatting about All things Blackberry and Specially BlackBerry Z10. BBM me ........................ 2AB2BB84.

Really so out of those contacts your building a group that will chat?

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sent a request at 12:04 and got accepted at 12:52. I can't stream the live feed at work, but I hope they post a video of it later so I can watch the mayhem and caos

Sent invite at 12:05 still not added it's 1:01:20 AM here in the philippines I need to sleep I have work tomorrow. I already was late this morning. Haha

If anyone is interested in chatting about All things Blackberry and Specially BlackBerry Z10 - or if you have any questions. Feel free to BBM me ........................ 2AB2BB84.............................. Great conversations going on from Apps to BBM Video chat.

Did anyone else get a direct message from PlayViet app-world-vendor after doing this? I received one this morning and have never received a direct message before. I'm not even sure what it is. It was red in my unified inbox.

I scanned at 9:10 11 12AM PST
also once you figured out the SCAN auto..I did it again at 10:36 AM just now..PST...
to give you an idea of delays

Hi Kev

been sat here playing beach buggy blitz waiting for some action. Seems things are speeding up. Good luck

Craig Ashcroft
UK BB Elites.

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The Battery Drain is mostly because you are driving the HDMI feed. Not really sure that the display on the device would drain it so fast, just a thought!

I was added 2mins ago after re scanning the bar code while you had it open so don't think my first request was auto accepted and you avatar does not show for me either

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Where is the screen that displays the status, barcode, etc? How do you get there? (Where Kevin is displaying the barcode so invites are accepted automatically.)

ok, thanks. I still don't see how to get there from BBM app, but I'll keep searching. I can see where I can 'show my barcode' -- but not where status and everything else shows up, just the barcode.

Ok, I do see something like it after creating a group.

I'm looking for somewhere to update avatar, availability -- for me personally, not a group. BBM newbie -- probably old hat to old BB fans, but it's not particularly obvious to me from the Z10.

Once you open the app, just tap on your status line to change it, or your avatar to change that.

If anyone is interested in chatting about All things Blackberry and Specially BlackBerry Z10 - or if you have any questions. Feel free to BBM me ........................ 2AB2BB84.............................. Great conversations going on from Apps to BBM Video chat. A group with a bunch of BlackBerry loyalists.

Looks like I've been added and my TY message took about 5min to show it was delivered. I'm sure BBM is being pushed hard.

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Hi Kevin, I love stress tests. Memories of my youth times as stress analyst at northern telecom coming back.. Keep up the good work. Still pending my invitation..

Man this stress test is going to be massive haha. Let's see if the phone is crippled lime the last time haha. Let's go Z10 but I did add you Kevin so well see if I get accepted

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This is craziness, so many invites!

Have fun perpetually clearing chats and notifications Kevin lol.

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Could the issue be that when you have the barcode screen open it will approve scans done while it is open, but if you close it all those go to pending and it will not auto approve previous invites?

Sent my invite 10 seconds after the pin was put up, got accepted 90 mins later.

Perhaps I need to BBM video call Kevin to tell him? Lol! ;)

Whoosh.....!!!!!!!!!! Careful! Z10 in action here!

Got my invite replied at 11:47 Am PST...so originally entered at 9:10/11/12AM PST and again at 10:36 AM PST once AUTO answer was used..
I'm in...
12:01 Avatar shows up...
whole process took 3 Hours...
Now moved Kevin to a Category = Crackberry (in case this becomes a huge group)
(also testing out the options...when you highlight his avatar - a right menu comes up -and if you use checkmark select..it gives 3 extra options including broadcast...but one still has to highlight each target...so GROUPING would be the next process, but requires INVITES)

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I See Bla1ze had a blank entry at about 4 hours in...that was probably me..I sent in an extra invite or 2 to throw in a curve ball...and then cancelled them....

scans fast, but "needs an app" to be associated to see anything. I don't use BBM and was hoping that the SCAN function would work for scanning products, etc...Do I need to run a separate app to see the meta-data and if so, what's available for the Z10?

Well I added some time ago... Sadly am on the road so not able to watch the live stream, but hope to hear the results... Kevin never added me though.

Added! How many are we at...and how is the z10 Standing up? an update for those of us who can't live feed?

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Still pending. I won't send it more than once because I don't want to clog your requests, but waiting patiently for you to add me. Thanks, Kevin! :-)

Well I am a BlackBerry lifer so my phone is attached to me at all times. I create custom animated pics for BBM. If you know anyone that can help me make an app for this we could be partners. Add me and check out my work. From adult, comments to cartoons, but most of all your own pic animated. RedroomMedia custom animated Gif"s. 24C3BEF6

Glad the Z10 stood up to the challenge, but I must not be worthy, request sent at 12:07, still pending :(

Ha-ha -- just peeked in to see how things are going -- I see Bla1ze is currently on "accept duty." He's getting pretty fast...

Well almost totally new to BBM, so not even sure I did it right. I went to invites, clicked "Invite to BBM", then added Kevin's pin into the "To" box, them hit send. That right?

Ya, I am an unabashed BB supporter. Don't like that? Then put me on ignore.

Sent a couple of message after being accepted, they don't seem to have got through. Ofter getting a single check mark when I press send I then get a white X in a red box next to the message after a couple of mo's.

Might be over. Darn night shifts.

Or I did it wrong.

Or Bla1ze thinks I'm a Dalek.

Exterminate!!

Ya, I am an unabashed BB supporter. Don't like that? Then put me on ignore.

Come on people, chill out with the complaints about not being added yet, they're getting thousands of requests. It took a good few hours for my request to get accepted, and it's not like you're going to be chatting away with the team all night. It's a stress test, not a "Hey do you want to be kevin's best friend?" test.

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Come on people, chill out with the complaints about not being added yet, they're getting thousands of requests. It took a good few hours for my request to get accepted, and it's not like you're going to be chatting away with the team all night. It's a stress test, not a "Hey do you want to be kevin's best friend?" test.

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For those just showing up and expecting to be added right away...It took 3 hours for me to get added and I pinned within 10 minutes of the start...there are over 5000 pin requests and they just managed to eke out the 2000 targeted limit expectation at close to 5 hours after start....obviously the limit has not been hit...but it takes Bla1ze a bit of time to individually accept every request... (I personally put in 4 , but they all cleared as soon as my first one was accepted..)...there was a bit of trial and error looking for an ACCEPT ALL approach...they did try an OPEN TAG that was AUTOI accepting but at a slower rate..so they went back to manual acceptance...obviously one of the lessons learned is an "accept all" and/or some method of grouping is needed...
Oh and a scrolling to TOP/BOTTOM as it was grueling watching the process of getting back to start...mind you ..who in their right mind has this many BBM's unless you are a TweetFreak...

Waddaya mean we're not going to be Kevin's best friends? We're already best friends aren't we?

I mean, he already showed us his nuts, so...

Ya, I am an unabashed BB supporter. Don't like that? Then put me on ignore.

It's like I got the ongoing typing while Kevin was updating status for Dinner Break:

"Stress", then Stress Test -, StressD, Stress Test - Dinner BreA, and then finally Stress Test - Dinner Break.

Thanks. What a way to kill a whole day off.
Question. This is obviously not tour run around phone. What will you be doing with it when you're done?

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Ya, I experienced this as well. I sent mine quite early within first 30 seconds. I got accepted, then later I had to resend due to Kevin not being a contact? I don't know what happened.

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Ya, I experienced this as well. I sent mine quite early within first 30 seconds. I got accepted, then later I had to resend due to Kevin not being a contact? I don't know what happened.

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Kevin maybe feel asleep ......... or his fingers fell off from accepting.

I was never accepted into the club. I wonder if his phone stressed out.

Do you think Obama was accepted?

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Definitely a great idea to see how durable both the BB10 OS and BBM app are, as well as the impact on the Hub. Hopefully we'll see some updates come out of this! Mmm... "flying colours" seems a bit too strong of a discriptor seeing as it caused a video call to hang and refuse to disconnect (or this happened by fluke during the test, which is entirely possible). The Z10 was also rebooted and the reboot crashed the Hub for awhile as the requests came in by the thousands.

However, the volume of requests ever happening for the average user is pretty much nil. The great thing about the test is that it did expose some weaknesses (hub and video call stability) and hopefully we'll see a "accept all request" feature pop in an update in the future. Maybe we'll even see an OS update that incorporates some new thoughts around how to fully terminate an app like BBM when it gets buggy.

Also, the flashBOMBS or "social media engagement actions" is an amazing byproduct of the live stream, hahaha.

Holy mobile batman... BB10 is a trooper! Thanks guys for approving me and thousands of others... Hove a few drinks and take the edge off. BB10 will keep you moving even if everyone is on your back !!!

Yeahhhhh!!! BBM'ing with CrackBerry Kevin/one of the CB crew handling the device with asbestos gloves. Even kind enough to send a thumbs up to my Rangers chant. Now that's dedication...especially when they're playing Winnipeg!

This was an awesome BBM Stress Test and the Z10 Clearly passed it. I am glad I was part of it but I couldn't stay for the 2nd part of the video stream.... I stayed with the chat session until 21:55 (02:55 GMT) I have work at 09:30 GMT and had to grab some sleep. I hope you release a highlights video so I can catch up on what I miss out.

Thanks for A great experience and I do hope that the Netflix team release a BB10 App my comment is still there as I write this post :)

Many thanks again

Join the Crackberry chat room via BBM and Talk about all the good things thats going on with Blackberry and all of the new devices that are out and soon to come.... :-)

Pin# 2914F1EB

Unless I missed it, you guys need to do a new post and talk about the results and conclusions. Bonus points if you add a podcast!

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