BlackBerry Messenger 5.0 Stress Test - Add Me as a Contact!

By Kevin Michaluk on 8 Oct 2009 12:43 pm EDT
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BlackBerry Messenger 5.0 Stress Test!

* Read BlackBerry Messenger 5.0 Stress Test UPDATE Part 1 Here *

Yes, that's my barcode above and I want you to add me as a contact to your BlackBerry Messenger right now!! If your BlackBerry isn't rocking BBM 5.0 or a camera, then you can add me by pin: 207c10b9

It's time for a BlackBerry Messenger 5.0 stress test! At this point, we're not sure what the cap for contacts in BBM 5.0 is. I'm thinking it's somewhere in the 1000 - 2000 contacts range (maybe more?), but we don't know for sure and it's one of those things that as a CrackBerry addict I just need to know! I'm also really curious to see how the new BlackBerry Messenger handles the wireless backup of BBM contacts when the numbers get really big. 

So that's it. ADD ME! Just please, no sending me nude photos of yourself (unless your name is Meagan Fox, Blake Lively, Eva Mendes, Kelly Brook, Jessica Alba, Keira Knightly, Jessica Simpson, Kate Beckinsale...err... better stop there but you get the picture). 

Any bets on how my BlackBerry Bold and BBM 5.0 hold up to this abuse? I'll report back once we have some data here. This is gonna be fun.

* Update 1 -  20 minutes after post time: The requests are coming in fast and steady. Keep them coming!! Once they slow down a bit I'll go back and approve all the requests. Have patience, I'll definitely approve your request. Oh, and yes, we're recording this on video. :) *

* Update 2 - 62 minutes after initial post: As I type I'm now at 2109 Requests. So on the requests front, we've blown past 2,000. There's no "approve all pending requests" function (please add that RIM!), so it's going to take me a while to go through and approve everyone, but that is exactly what I'll do. So far there doesn't appear to be a cap on requests - we'll see what happens once I start approving everyone. I wonder if we can hit 5,000? Stay tuned! *

* Update 3 - 90 minutes later: Just passed 3,000 pending requests. I'm going to start approving them now and see how this goes. C R A Z Y *

* Update 4 - Just over 2 hours later: As it stand nows, I have over 4,000 pending requests and 400 contacts. Still lots of approvals to work through. About 45 conversations have been started too (I'll try and respond later when the crazyiness dies down, but if I don't, don't be offended...my BB is on overdrive right now). The data arrows haven't stopped moving. Even though I'm plugged in I somehow drained a battery and switched to a fresh one. Gonna take a break for a bit and head to Fashion Valley for some shopping (gotta check out the Tourneau store!) so will report back in a bit.  Keep the requests coming in... this stress test is INSANE. 5,000 requests is just around the corner... I wonder if we can hit 10,000? Still think the total number of contacts will top at 2k. We'll find out soon! BIG THANKS to everybody taking part in this experiment! *

* Update 5 - 4:45pm PST: Now at over 8,000 requests today and I've approved over 800 so far. Going to keep plugging away now at approving contacts. Let's see when it caps! *

* Update 6 - 10:30pm PST: Wow. What a crazy day. OK.... I blew past 10,000 BBM requests, but the last couple of hours have been trying. With the requests coming in at a steady and rapid pace, I've only managed to approve just under a 1,000 so far. The data flow has been constant - I've gone through four batteries today. As I neared the 10,000 requests number the device has been nearly unusable - likely due to free memory dropping so low (even after several battery pulls), so between incoming requests and trying to approve requests and just using the phone, it's been slow and trying. I just discovered I can actually disable my cell connection and still approve requests (puts them into awaiting authorization state), so am going to do that now and try and approve a whole bunch, then restore data and see what happens. Also, I'm going to unsticky this post now. Once the incoming requests slow down/stop, that should hopefully make the device more usable once again. Stay tuned for final results. So far it's looking like BBM can handle a lot. Pushing to stupid extremes might be a different story, but for normal everyday use it should be good to go. *

Topics: BlackBerry OS

420 comments

jkrev

oh gosh this is going to be fun

laidekreep067

I SENT MY REQUEST LOOK FOR LAIDE KREEP>>>>> HERES MY PIN: 31ED7E9A ADD ME EVERYONE ELSE

JordanRyan14

i added u awhile ago!!!!! the new bbm is great!

embrowne

Added. Look for Tyrone Browne

angelm1249

WOW THIS IS SO COOL KEVIN...I JUST SCANNED YOU AND NOW WAITING ON YOUR ACCEPTANCE..BBM YOU SOON, LOL!!

pipotobe

Start a chat with everybody on BBM:)

princesuperstar1226

... yea ... lets start a CrackBerry SuperGroup!

dabrownklown

it should be just for those that sent Kevin a request, maybe Kevins Crackbabies?! LMAO..

salomondrin

You head is gonna hurt from just staring at the screen for so long an just accepting people.... Good Luck! :D

TallyHo

Sal knows.....he made this mistake before lol

mothy

added and I say the limit is 1000

dabrownklown

I just scanned your code, let's see what happens..

PotownAl

pending confirmation my good man!

Jeremiah818

After i took the pic, my Storm froze and then restarted.... hmm

nvious

Massive CrackBerry bbm conversation :)

Added waiting for acceptance!

Dnomyar220

Let's start a 1000 person user group chat...

Bundy#AC

Mine won't scan, keeps focusing in and out. Trying a batt pull to see if that works. Am I the only one?

Edit: got it...I think I was too close to the screen.

crakedparrot

Very cool feature, Just added you. My guess is a bit less than your estimation, I'm going to say 500 or less

rmwolf

Ready for the test. Kevin, plzd o not spam by night, uh !

sgtmilstack

One heck of an experiment.....

ivanio

Same issue with mine. Just tries to focus. But also doing a batt pull.

linkkoriri

This is sick! I got ya added Kevin. I wager the top of the line is about 1500! Have to think too that Blackberry expects this to be used by large corporations to keep employees in contact... or in our case, a 1.5MILLION Crackberry Community. Now Blackberry just needs to bring out OS 5.0

Oh, and I first tried taking the picture off my tv while using Wii Internet but it just kept scanning in and out. I think it has something to do with CRT monitors and TVs because they always show up weird on cameras, the whole black line thing moving up the screen. I'd say if you have one of these types of monitors/TVs try printing it instead then taking the picture.

Link Out

urmomFTW

Oh man! Imma be BBM buds with Kev!

plifebryan

i took pic and nobex stopped playing - no biggie - like an incoming call. Still Pending Kev - come on.

jbenkelman

the noise it made when i scanned was cool.
i need to find more blackberry people...NOW.

GregMargie

mine is silent, must be a setting for sound effect on/off

grundyman

there should be somewhere people could post there barcodes

pennzman543

haha i am guessing this on one of your "not used as much BBs"

pmich

Kevin Kevin KEvin... you crazy man !

Something tells me it's about to get insane for you. as if you needed that.

gstewart79

Adding via barcode was really easy.

dwp1975

When I try to add, I get a beep and then the camera disappears. Not sure that means if it sent a invite or not. But Kev if you get multiple invites from Danny P that's me..lol

cbresciani

Waiting for authorization from you!

joryoung

The barcode scanning is much quicker and better.

hoffy

I gotta say it - using the bar code is straight up ill.

myersau

go ahead and plug your cell phone into a charger is all I can say, I wager 2000 contacts!...PS-how did you get a clean cropped photo of your barcode off your berry!? any help!?

gstewart79

Open BBM and go to "My Profile". Select "Display My Barcode". Press the menu button and save the barcode image.

pitbullman172

you get photo of your bar-code by clicking the photo of bar code in my profile where u see it at and the new bbm is the truth pppl

urmomFTW

Yeah Im a fan of this barcode scanning thing, I just need to be friends with more people that have BBs so I can do it some more

FinancialTitan

Okay I know I'm showing my inexperience, but how does one scan a barcode and add them to BB Messenger?

kellidotca

go into bbm5 and select invite contact.. choose the scan a person's barcode option and what looks like your camera view will activate.. aim your screen at kevin's barcode graphic.. that's it.

hector1959

Go into your messenger and click on add new scan contact wait for the camera to come on and view the bar code, just wait and it will recognize it automatically and it will place a pending message in your contact name.

ITistic

It worked so quick and painlessly! Impressed!

randall2580

do Iphones have this much fun - I think not!

MarleyPhxAZ

Just added...this barcode thing is ridic...love it. I'm wagering 10001.

ndclax29

yeah :) worked for me!!! haha

SofaKingKev

hey kevin, will you be my friend? hahaha.. done!

mevolcom3

Sent the invite... waiting for acceptance :0) OH YAAA... this is going to be legit!

kellidotca

ooh.. finally got to use the barcode.. so cool!

jimbl

That was the first time I used the barcode scan feature. Cool stuff. Good luck, looking forward to the results.

cookie_michelle

omggg. this is great! how tighttttt.

sv123

I won't send you any naked pictures, but you need to promise the same!

BBThemes

so while we`re all adding people, the question is, can you highlight and accept mulitple people at one time? or will it be one contact at a time?

p.s kevin ur battery will take a hammering too im guessing!!!

Gator1983

This ought to be interesting!

SoCal Addict

go to messenger.
Click Add Contact
Select Scan Invitation barcode....

good to go

mickey1018

The ability to scan a barcode is REDIC awesome! :-)

shalea#IM

this is awesome!!!!! my first bar code BBM friend. :D

curve247

good, work, cant wait to see this video

borseofcourse

Hey Kevin - You're the bestest friend I ever had....hehehe.
P.S. The barcode scanning is awesome!

The Gift

Did the barcode scanner always have that little animation upon start up? i seriously didnt think the jave OS was cable of such things...

PIcrackberryNK

I had no clue what this scan thing was, but i got it.

If you have the new messanger you go into Invite a Contact and there is an option Scan a Person's Barcode.... Just click it and point it at the screen, it will scan the barcode on its own.

Good luck.

jeremy.schiefer

Took a while for the phone to reboot after installing BBM. Looking forward for the video!!!

realjag

I'm in before the lock.

aothapoet

that don't concern my bb... lol

zyxwvu44

added :) pretty sweet feature

AgentScribe

I better get an add! :)

muchu

Pending confirmation!

havanahjoe

Added!

I was talking to a co-worker who went iPhone recently and he was telling me how he wasn't too happy with it. I was telling him about how the latest BBM had this cool bar code feature and then your post came up on Google Reader. I was able to show him how to add a contact and he was impressed.

Monsieur

its safe to say u (Mr. Kevin) shall have the most contacts :-)

quailallstar

Requested you.. This is neat.

Alex32

I'm still waiting on authorization. Is any one else waiting as well?

normio2

You have been added! This should be interesting!

Pyro_Nemesis

Kevin.... you're my first lol.
This bar code scan is really cool.

BerryDiva

Cool we'll be BBMBFFs. haha

c_is_for_crackberry

great idea, maybe next test should be for a group to see if they differ

VZWStorm69

cant wait to see that video! hahah!

itsdollar

I just love the scanning sound.

Smmrgrl

I aimed my camera at the screen and it beeped, and right away the pending request showed in my contact list. Wow. Very impressive!!

romeo0569

added! im in on the crackberry supergroup thing lol

wojtas25

Added....waiting for confirmation :)

robertfly

That was way too easy..

p08757

Do you win something if we are the lucky one to crash your bb?

yet2do

Wow....that was really easy to add via the picture on the crackberry website. One beep and it was done...didnt even realize it was completed....

Kaminsky

just sent the request...

coxmaster

I added you. interested to see how many it can handle!

mfd72

This could lead to a big old Drunk texting party!!!!

Will you make us all one big group for real time chat updates?

don_poky

Is this the Blackberry you use or kept somewhere in the corner? Well really great post !

Jonezed7

Haha, hope it was worth it, Kev.

I added you.

chp112

Added! I love the store scanner beep when it recognizes the barcode!

kddcp

This will be even cooler than having Kevin as a friend on Facebook!!

Mystro Biggz

If your struggling to get the scan to work, print out the screen and scan from a sheet of paper. That is what I did, worked like a charm. It kept focusing on the monitor, but the paper trick worked.

dianna_mcheck

Sweet! Added you. Too much fun. The new BBM rocks! Now if the new OS for 8900 would get officially released all would be good in the BB world.

don_poky

Hey kevin, if you stopped getting invites, do a battery pull! haha

pbrizzy

Just added you. look out for Patrick B.

ItalianPrincess

that barcode scan is cool! this is very interesting, can't wait to get the scoop on your BB

samisgr8#CB

I like that barcode scan function! Super easy, and automatic to boot!

lyoko37

I'm going to add you as soon as I get out of my Psychology lecture in 15 minutes. My professor would probably get mad if I pulled out my Tour and took a picture of my laptop screen since I'm already not paying attention. :)

as400man

Scanned. Lets see if we can crash it.

dwain77

What was the limit on the previous BBM?

Mister869

You will be dizzy by the end of the week Kevin, but I think it is awesome. I've got you added.

I am saying 1000 is max.

Deadpan

Are we SUPPOSED to be able to add ourselves?

wcurrin

that was pretty cool, i feel like im checking out at the grocery store! lol.

jlawler4

Ha this is a great idea. Added!

mhopkins79

Hey Kevin you should start a CrackBerry group in the messenger too!!!

SAVJR

and it works effortlessly...no all Kevin has to do is accept.

BlackBerry Dave B

I was able to scan right off the computer screen. Quick and easy. I was wondering how this barcode thing was gonna work...lol

Chriz

really funny....scan the Monitor. :D

Added!

Greets Christian

TimmyTwo2

Kevin, you are added! I promise not to send late night BlackBerry questions to you!

TimmyTwo2

Mine is still pending authorization :-(

elvin1983

Scan worked, and to be honest, I don't think I will ever message Kevin, I don't want to bother him at all. I just wanted to test out the scan deal.
He could delete me right after if he wants, I wouldn't particularly blame him. I'm sure everyone he adds will be messaging him NON STOP!

And don't get me wrong, it is cool as hell for him to do this, but I'm sure there will be quite a few folks who don't respect someone's good graces and try to message him constantly... I sure hope everyone would be better than that.

dixie dregs

Thanks for the invite..;)

akhodjiba

I found that if I got closer and had the bar code filling in all of the screen, it wouldn't catch it. As soon as I physically zoomed out and had the whole monitor on the screen, it immediately pick up the bar code and added Kevin in a flash! Cool option on the new BBM 5.0! Can't wait to add more people.

2005CTS

So...now Kevin can blast out a message to the entire community via BBM when the Storm2 is officially going to be announced/released. Faster than posting it on Crackberry.

Diag

How sweet it is...Especially SCAN BARCODE...THANKS KEVIN!! But, there are not avatars showing which is fine! You are able to use your photo gallery to for pictures.

torxim

can we get a PIN for us non-camera using crackberry users?

ChaosShadow

First time using the add with barcode feature... and it's awesome! Definitely lovin BBM 5.0 :)

dclozr

Hopefully your BB will not start smoking......Actually that would be cool!! Let us know as it grows.

jeniferlynne

i added you just so i can see what its like to scan the barcode ... thats so cool!!

olswayback

First time using the scan feature, worked right from the PC screen. Much easer to use BBM 5.0

VDub2174

I'm curious to see how many contacts BBM can hold/handle.

snowyrose

this is sick...i'm guessing tops will be between 1000 and 1500.

big dawg 23

Kevin I added you. I wanted to see how the scan worked on my Tour. Man that is slick.

JazzL5

Kevin, pending for your confirm. That was just too easy.

Billy_Ocean

i added you, and i added my co worker. she accpeted ;) now im just waiting on you kev! this is a pretty cool expierement.

TxMudSlngr

Added, using the barcode is pretty sweet.

john_ecko

first time using this feature, and it worked as advertised on my storm .230.

audicy

Waiting for authorization now.

tobiaspj

... and added! Tobi.

jill22

added u. luv the new bbm

redneck_trash

Ok geniuses. Just how am I suppose scan the bar code on my BB screen? Can it be saved and imported?

webmastir

can't wait to see the vid! awesome idea!

Cocotaso

I have added Crackberry Kevin!

Wite96gs

This is going to be interesting... i eagerly wait to see what will happen!

Lovesherbb1915

Awesome. :) This is gonna be fun! Added. Look for bbaddict22.

needforspd

youre crazy! But a true CRACKberry addict!

tvwshubby

I scanned and just waiting for approval. The day will come when the barcode will be used more then a signature.

Cocotaso

I assume your BBM5 will start to crash!!!!!!!

This is a guess from Cocotaso! Thats me on your list :)

2repou

That is sweet. Can't see using it buy very cool

krssosic

that's so cool!!! (I feel geek-tastic right now)look for Krssosic!

berryg1

Once u add everyone, we can all send you a message/file at the same time.

berryg1

to send out urgent crack-info!

rdeano9

added, awaiting authorization...:-)

Blackchild1101

cant wait to see the vid

bichondesbiches

This is actually a very nice test you got going there..

MrBlue718

Watch it crash Kevin's Blackberry lol.

angelm1249

WOW THAT'S GREAT!! THIS WILL INDEED BE A COOL THING TO WATCH

THANKS KEVIN!!!

Surreal37

My big question, and it's probably an easy answer, how do you get your barcode to display on the computer? I can't find a way to get it on there.
Thanks!

BBThemes

hit the menu key, click `my profile` scroll to bottom and select `barcode` when barcode on screen, select menu, save image. job done :)

wakefield

Cant seam to get it to scan it just keeps auto focusing guess ill add the old fashioned way

captobie

So is this a stress test of BBM or of you after you approve 5,000 requests??? :)

movieguy

Interesting test, will be curious to see the results.

xxjazncxx

pending authorization ;)

Deadpan

If you'd like to add a bored IT worker, you can try this: http://chinashop-rodeo.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/bbm_glyph.png

My original png has issues uploading so I used the gmail thumbnail. :D

mojo7766

How many servers can crackberry crash in one day??

xjwellsx

Just added wish there was an add all

GeekInTraining

Barcode scan! How cool is that??

jtwebfusion

Kevin, what does your memory look like? My bet is that the cap will be proportional to the available memory. The next test would be to see if the cap is different on the different models since some models have more memory than others...

Tweet us your current request number...

Sexy NJ

I am sure Kevin has mad people by now but I just wanted to try the scan feature. I LOVE IT!! You do nothing but focus!!! The only thing I do not think I like verses the leaked 08 version is the available green dot (and not available red dot) is gone. But other than that, I think it is pretty much the same and I like it!! Thanks Kevin!!! :)

mbanke

Added as requested..... Hopefully I am respondent number 4999!

razamataz

Just curious< what berry are you using right now for this expeariment?

codemaker

When you have approved all of the requests, you should make a Crackberry BBM5 group and add everyone and see how that goes :)

got2much1

done deal! im down for this large group chat! lol.. imagin the pics to be shared >.< and lists to be had.. ugh the IDEAS.. what does the iphone have on this.... lol

floralscape

Just waiting for authorization.......
Still waiting......
Still waiting......
Hmmm...............
Scratches head?

dainfamouslipz

i heard a beep does that mean it went through?

wojtas25

Still waiting for authorization

dolphinguy

I wonder if it crashed 5.0?

NateDizzy

what pending friend i am?! i feel like i have a celebrity contact now!

jamesshuford

I am waiting to be authorized :)

fryechad

5.0 BBM is not working with my 5.0 software any one else?

SilverSfr

I hope that I dont't break it :)

Judgment Tay

Accept me already! @BlackBerryRocks tried to create a bb group on there last night. It limited him to 30. That's just groups though, no word on contacts limit.

jphillips10

I added by barcode. Pretty cool stuff.

8330 Addiction

my guess is is 10,000 and i added you. just awaiting your approval.

gasp

just added you also.

dochill4u

This is just way to cool to not be a part of it. I'm in!

BlueBerryVice

Super...Im pending.....
The barcode is the coolest.
People can't believe it..

I'm guessing it is limited to the memory....

You should broadcast a message.....that might crash it....

iLovemy_bb

I finally used the bar-code scan and it actually worked...whenever i did it before, it wouldn't scan...thnx CB Kevin

Hwycop

Added:) at 2:28pm - eastern time.

chrisgr

What the hell? Now I can't share pict instantly!!! It now acts like a file transfer!!!!!!!! Ugh

meth68

This is very cool first time using BBM5 barcode and it worked like a champ. How do you make an image of your barcode to place on the net?

flyingspatula

Go to your profile, at the bottom is display barcode. If you click the menu button, you have the option to save the barcode to the location of your choice.

Then, feel free to post that image file however you choose.

Enigma1913

This is a great feature...and Crackberry Kevin is on my BBM list!! :-) I like the groups feature, but I wish there was a way to have the option to share the member list with everyone or to just keep it private, kind of like a group in contacts or something. I noticed that when my friends add me to groups I can see all the other people they put in the group and there should be an option to turn that off. Other than that it's great!

**EDIT** I think the "private groups" without the members knowing they are in a group is called 'Category' and the public option is 'Group'. I think that's the difference

callcom

Kevin:
If I understand this correctly, if you set this "experiment" up as a new group, the 3000-5000 Pins you receive will be in a group of your choosing. Now this is where it gets interesting, apparently, you can create a "group barcode" for the entire group from the "Group Details" screen. Now if you posted that barcode up on the website, would be able to add those 3000-5000 pin #'s to our phones - or are we just making the folks over at Blackberry nervous?

dwain77

I thought I read somewhere the group limit was 30 contacts. Of course I may have that number confused with something else.

leafs123

ya, if you create a group, you get your own barcode which people can use to join...not sure if theres a limit though

calizae74

This barcode function is sooooooo sweet and easy!!!!

TallyHo

You mean I can Haz Kevin as a friend?!?

daviesgravey

OMG! I just scanned your barcode and it popped you right into my BBM. Sweet! Wow.. I am blown away by this!

CrackberryMan1952

I know people who downloaded leaked versions and their BBs crapped out, so I'm glad I waited and I love it! And yes, I'm one of the now over 3,000 requests. Good luck Kevin.

dc4integra

having a hard time installing 5.0 on my pearl :(

ba_hamilton

Ha. I read this right after I delete BBM from my phone. I discovered I don't have anyone to IM with so I don't need this app. I need more friends.

mad_vtak

ADDED

Is your phone glowing red yet?

blackberryguruguy

5000 plus followers on the way.......

Vaffanculo403

The barcode scan is pretty cool!!!

johntkong

Alright Kevin, I've tried to add you 3 times!! This better be the charm.

Namji

Crackberry Kevin
Pending (Waiting for Authorization) :)

dc4integra

omg scanning totally worked!

prince-ali

I just added you. But wow this is exciting... never thought BBM could hold that much contacts. Always thought it would cap at maybe 1500.

Good luck approving them one by one though lol!!!

ultraluxe

Awww Kev, you're so much fun!

travo1978#CB

i hate it when i add people and they take FOREVER to approve me. haha

adambigge

Waaaaaaaay too easy! I am digging the new BBM!

mike340t

AWESOME !! Now I need more friends lol

Soonerbean

So is it wrong that I feel somewhat important that I've added Kevin to my BBM? I sort of feel like I have a celebrity in my contact list now..... "DORK" right?

noylicious05

anyone having problems with other contacts not being able to see your saved profile pic????

noylicious05

anyone having problems with other contacts not being able to see your saved profile pic????

Soonerbean

Seventy One Hundred and Twenty Six contact limit.

BrianFTC

Kevin, you are crazy! Folks, let's leave him alone. He is busy enough. Even if you are denied, don't get offended! ;)

jwoodsoniv#CB

Added, the 5000th should win some sort of prize of something:)

tony bag o donuts

I cannot add anyone.
I enter their pin in and not even a pending folder, etc.!!!

thombs2001

this is possibly the coolest thing i have ever seen. never again will i have to type mypin into an sms while standing right next to them so they dont get my pin wrong. Possibly the best update EVER!!!! so f-ing amazing!!!!

luv2bhated

5.0 is hotttt, scan feature is hotttt, just finished doing a conference chat and i felt like i was in a chat roomm. 5.0 is hottttttttttttt

nolan.b

Ya man, this barcode thing is excellent!

There are some (hate to say this) iphone apps that use this barcode feature (scanning dvd, music cds barcodes etc), hope Rim makes more use of this barcode cam.

Cheers!

postpunktrash

That was ridiculously Awesome!!!

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