BBM.com now lets you easily invite your friends to BBM

By Adam Zeis on 25 Oct 2013 05:03 pm EDT
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We've been on and on (and on) about BBM needing a better way to spread the word and invite contacts, and it looks like BlackBerry is taking some action. Vince let us know that on BBM.com, you now have the option to quickly and easily invite your contacts to BBM with just a few clicks.

The service works for Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and email. Just choose your weapon and follow the prompts. You can select which contacts you want to invite so you don't have to spam every one of your Facebook friends or email contacts, but you'll be able to get the word out complete with your PIN so they know where to add you.

It's obviously not a super easy, on-device solution but it definitely takes the hurt out of spamming your friends to come join BBM. If you're ready to give it a whirl, head to BBM.com and click the "Invite your friends" button in the middle of the page.

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122 comments

W Hoa

Just started seeing this on twitter. This is the notification that is sent out from bbm.com:

I just connected with friends on #BBM. Invite your BlackBerry, Android and iPhone friends at http://BBM.com

shupor

Here's something else i discovered on BB10: if your bbm friend already has facebook or twitter connected, select 'invite to bbm' from the bbm app, type '7' and it starts pulling up all your friends whose pins start with 7

kye2000

Time to do this. Build back up my contact list to how it was over a year ago

khehl

Sweet.

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12kcl12

Tried to do this and it buffered forever after picking my list

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Arabianhorse

Had the same trouble on Facebook. Buffered forever after never loaded.

SQN 100-4 v10.2.0.1761

TheStoryUp

Do it from a desktop, you can only invite about 10-15 at one time.

Zed10

BBRYed

This feature has been there since Monday.

Poetry in Motion

boldbalance

Exactly!

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SteelGreek

This will also be great for the less tech savy users. Everyone I've shown the barcode scanning method to is very impressed... granted, we've all had this option for years, but it's fun to see other platform users get excited about something BB related )

Andrew4life

This sure beats the facebook invite I got from my friend.
It said:
"<my friend's name> has invited you to use BBM"
When I clicked on it, it brought me to the BBM.com website.
I have a Z10 so I don't need to download it. On the other hand, it didn't give me my friend's PIN so that I could add them.

kaluche95

When are they going to fix the problem with the profile picture because they look very blurry?

ya3goub

+1.
They look good on OS7- devices. New BBM stretches the photo. Whatsapp's profile photo is much better than BBM.

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FSeverino

Well, I'd rather use a messaging client for its messaging chops and not how well it displays a picture that almost no one will take a second look at... but that's just me

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aldebarancin

Old school to spread the word but pretty effective.

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BBVegasGirl80

Good idea. I've been posting status updates, but not everyone sees them. This looks more effective. Thanks! :-)

Sent from my sexy white hot Z10 in Sin City ;-)

BlackBerry_Pwner

This has always been there...

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BBRYed

See above.

Poetry in Motion

shabz11

Need to unlock my black berry what should I do

sanaking

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dosto

Anything Blackberry can do to gain marketshare (and mindshare) is a good thing.

alexbe09

Everyone who has friends on IOS and Android tell your friends to download BBM!!! Tell them to do it from bbm.com or physically grab their phones and do it for them that way they can see how great it is!! I had 1 BBM contacts now I have 5 by the end of the week I expect to have way more!

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c0y3

I had 2 I have 15 now, but they only have me, so I'm bringing people who know each other, do that, by groups.

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TrueKulcha

I've been successful with android friends but just my IOS friends have been more stubborn and stuck on WhatsApp.. every android friend that I've suggested so far has downloaded. My IOS folks fall into the "just because" category without knowing which way the wind is blowing. I just wish they could read this hahaha

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martinjdub

Better than nothing :)

ryanlrobinson

Not as good as doing it through the app, but better than nothing.

PegBerry

Globalization. World connections.

HitchCB

Use this www.pin.bbm.com/ yourpin

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CarGuy1368

I'm spamming my friends in real life to join BBM :)

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jwyoungy

every single friend I have convinced to download BBM has had problems. One person on Android can't read half his messages and can't send any. Another friend of mine with an Android phone can't make his display picture show up on other peoples phones (like mine) even though it clearly shows his picture on his phone. I actually know more people that have downloaded it and deleted it (some are x blackberry users who loved bbm) than have downloaded it and kept it. I am very upset by this because I keep reading on here how great it is working on iOS and Android except for a few issues and yet I don't know a single person where the app works to a level that I would ever want to keep it. How do we convince people of the merits of BBM when they get what looks and feels like a cheep knock off app? Also, anyone have any similar stories?

Qrackin

Strange I convinced 12 people from my company and around 4 family members to start using BBM. Not one issue or problem reported from any of them.

CecilTsunami

Same. I've got 4 iPhones and one Android friend to load it. Only problem so far is the wait list. Well actually two people with the profile pic problem but that's been the only minor glitch.

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jelp2

The profile pic remedy (at least for me) was to change the pic, save it and then change it back to what you originally wanted. It worked for my wifes iPhone.

Playbook007

Everyone I asked had to wait to get on, but once they did no problem except one iphone user. Told him to go get the iphone update, he said there is an update? I said yes and you need it for ios7. Voila, all his problems solved. He went to work and convinced the entire engineering staff that held android and Apple devices to do the same. Now that is saying something!

Trolls should be forced to use BB10!

2wheeltim

Yeah, we haven't deleted yet, but it's not reliable on Android, Samsung Galaxy s3. We have tested it twice, and both times went back to fb messenger after 5 mins.

iqnetcomdotca

No. No similar stories here 100% of "iDroid" users I've motivated to get BBM have had no trouble.

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m1kr0

Was hoping for a quick and dirty.

niceup

This feature has been up since launch and you can access bbm.com from your device as well. Much easier than on your pc.
Also when you connect to facebook it will pull your contacts that already have bbm and you can simple copy and paste their bbm pin into bbm

umarjavaid

Good but not enough.

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talberry

This is actually not such a good way. A Lot of my friends thinks it's spam and they just ignore it.. haha

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FryBerry

Very cool. Chris Umi was just talking about this today in the Podcast.

Z30Man

Ok

Posted via my BlackBerry Z30.

nt300

This is great. Though I have to say its quite funny to see people posting there BBM bar code on Instagram, and getting 1,000's new BBM contacts in a matter of minutes lol,

GEO1ER

That's how I've been inviting friends but they need to make this possible from within the app.

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K007A

It doesn’t work. It just say loading for hours.

This should be available from BBM.

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southlander

Good alternative to mining ones address book.

Z10STL100-4/10.2.0.1767

shredrex

Won't connect with FB. Oh well

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koool1

I've just been emailing out invites. Works fine. Added 6 new contacts in 2 days.

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BBMIZKING

seems to be a limit to the amount of friends you can invite at one time. Think its 25. Will take some time to invite my 1,100 friends. :)

iqnetcomdotca

1100 "friends". LOL

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dguy123

Just post your pin and bar code on Facebook or whatever social services you use along with a link to BBM.com

Along with a nice invite message.
Should accomplish the same thing in a less spammy way.

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Stephen C.

Great!

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d_elkhori

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iqnetcomdotca

Damn. Now I have to change my vacation plans.

Posted via CB10 from my Q10 (SQN100-3)

d_elkhori

It's credit to #BlackBerry10 Security And BBM

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mawil1013

Isn't texting a commodity item? Every carrier has unlimited texting, why bother with an add on? I had BBM on three bb's that I owned and never used it, no one else that I knew owned a bb. What sets BBM aside from common texting? Answer that last question and you know why BBM isn't wanted.

d_elkhori

Bud you have no idea what you are talking about lol please get education about the topic for us to bother to debate it

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mawil1013

Your right after three bb's and never using it, I have no idea other than texting, what makes it stand above built in, standard texting?

edyb

If you've never used BBM, you have no idea. A short list: multiple conversations, organized, delivered/read notification, sent on Blackberry servers, more secure, free on roaming, unlimited, emoticons, easy file/picture attachment, now with voice chat and video chat, groups, channels, handshake, banning, notifications/status updates, and that just scratches the surface. Standard texting is spammy, unreliable, expensive, unsecure, and the list goes on. There is a reason why BBM and other messaging apps have caught on, and why texting is the way of the dinosaur, an old antiquated system that carriers used as a profit cash cow.

jelp2

Verizon has no unlimited texting.... texting is limited with the amount of characters used per message, you could write a book if you wanted on BBM and send it as one.

R Field

standard text take long sometimes and they're unreliable also if you text internationally iit costs money. There are many better reasons why bbm is better than texting

Stephen Cooper

Lmao!!!!

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needforbbx

Sorry not in Canada. Got to pay extra for my texting. Thanks Rogers/Bell

Nick Shadow

http://seekingalpha.com/article/1774042-a-bbm-spin-off-could-be-interest...

This explains the feature set difference. Something weird happened, so this may post 2X

diogoteixeira87

This is there from the beginning.

Posted via my awesome BlackBerry Z10

smallwonder77

Not as good a solution as i'd like. Much less steps to simply post a facebook status update with my pin.

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bubsgoal

wondering if someone can help me. when i add someone through bbm i get a separate contact in the contacts. When i'm in the contacts app there is a line to add bbm pin. When I copy the pin it asks me to invite them to bbm but they are already a bbm contact. does anyone know how to fix or is it unable to be fixed?

johntaylor312

You can merge the two contacts. Just press on one for a while and an option to select it will pop up. Then push on the other one and an option to merge them will pop up.

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jelp2

bbm.com as stated already did nothing when trying to connect to FB, using a computer. Worked perfect though on my Z10.

bubsgoal

I just sent invites to facebook friends through bbm.com from a computer no problem!

tmichaelmorrissey

Just what the doctor ordered Crackberry Chris.

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tmichaelmorrissey

So far it has worked beautifully using my Z10.

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anomalyN

good for the interim, but afformentioned idea should be implemented

Oscar_E

Is there a way to block contacts with out deleting them? Or is there a way to choose not to receive BC from especific people?

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True Canadian

Cool....only problem I ran into occurs if you have more than one Gmail account with different contacts the process keeps forcing the first Gmail account contacts.cant figure out how to use this with my other account

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iqnetcomdotca

Go BB!

Posted via CB10 from my Q10 (SQN100-3)

TimeLikeInfinity

Just sent out a whole lotta invites via Facebook :)

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mmmmm127

Chris, do you get paid for your stupid posts?

tmichaelmorrissey

What a comment, stick it up your ass now!

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cwalt2166

How old are you? Five? Wow! Talk about an insecurity

True Canadian

Do you!!!

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blackberryz10w

Great
BlackBerry forever

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The_Adventist

Proud to have done my part.

Thanks for posting as I didn't know that it was there. This article was important because it helped at least one person.....me.

boodzski19

Hi,my bbm don't have video icon if I open chat.please help

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boodzski19

No video option to my bbm..how?

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boodzski19

No video option for my bbm.how?

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dannyeo

Ee$+g $i

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cwalt2166

Go Blackberry! Can't wait for the next quarterly report showing that the BBM launch made the company millions in revenue!!!! Yeaah!!

Ray Albaiaty

Can someone please tell me why I can't call or use BBM video chat with Android user or is it only works between blackberry users?

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DaSchwantz

Video chat not available yet for ios or android versions...on the way though.

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YTDW2000

One way I think BlackBerry could grow and enhance the BBM user experience is to create an online version of a "BBM Phone book".

How I envision this working is the individual user registering their PIN into a public domain other BBM users could use to perform a search, and bring up contact information a user wishes to share not unlike Canada 411. And a function within the site that connects devices directly once an "invite" is accepted.

Something this simple could go a long way in helping to build up BlackBerry's ecosystem which the company too often takes hits on.

Sent from my BlackBerry Z30

Hollix85

Hello everyone.... .Loving bbm on my s3.... 7BEBFD41..... Dats my pin pal add me

Hollix85

7BEBFD41........ Slick and smooth

lndn

Friends ask me now why there is no way to share pictures and short videos inside multiperson chat ??? Even touch.com does have such feature. BBM is brilliant when you chat 1-2-1. When you have multiperson chat, People say, it is not a social app. Issue needed, ASAP!!!

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tdjeans

HEy, I just noticed something after BBM went cross platform. The BBM on android (i can't say for iPhone) unlike the BBM on legacy and BB 10 devices only allows for sending of pictures and voice notes. However, I tried sending a docx (microsoft word) file a while ago from a legacy device running BBM 7.0 and it delivered on my the BBM on my android.I was able to save and view the document. I guess we can see this feature coming to BBM for Android (and iPhone) pretty soon. Though in my opinion, using BBM without a physical keyboard is a chore.

Someone else might have discovered this also but I just decided to share this information.

Arthur108

Its really great. Thank you Blackberry team. I have been waiting this! Smooth and userfriendly !

mondi_00021

This is great! No more spamming haha. But it worked for me, my friends are downloading BBM and were curious to try it.

nchesh

Aww fantastic so when can i download onto my PlayBook?????????????? Or would a company really abandon its own users so blatantly

blackberryz10w

That's why I love BBM

Blackberry forever

andrekb74

Just realised that if a friend sends their pin all you have to do is long hold and add automatically to BBM... BlackBerry recognises it as a BBM pin... so no copy and paste.

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Winston Loh

Sweet....

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blaynelewis

Random thought.. Now that the is millions of new users, would services such as (beloved) BBM music have some added validity?!?.. I always found it was a great way of gaining contacts with similar interests in music. *sorry to post in this thread*

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The_Merovingian

This works. I have been doing it by word of mouth

mscloutier

Done! Works great, couldn't be any easier!

One app to rule them all....BBM!

lessthn_0

I had a friend try to tell me this was barbaric and overbearing app because it wanted him to download candy crush. Lmao!!!! Like what? BlackBerry would NEVER do that I told him and gave him the link www.bbm.com. I'm slowly but surely making post on Twitter and Facebook purposefully with my PIN so they can add me. Hoping I can get a few people in. I have yet to see anyone with a Z10 except one friend of mine that I showed him mine and he loved the keyboard features. He was thinking of updating to Galaxy S4 or the HTC. He bought the Z10. Also met someone at a show and we couldn't talk but didn't want to go outside so I pulled my phone out, he was impressed as well with the keyboard features. They are so hard headed until you physically put the phone in their hands so they "get it".

egzonoo

Pin : 24edf04e

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JWNY

Word

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Sheila Pitcher

Hello, i have a Samsung, i have downloaded the bbm app, now my question is how come no one can see my profile picture, but i can see everyone elses? should i creat a new account or is there something i can do? Please help me out!