BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) celebrates one year in the Collins English Dictionary

By Adam Zeis on 13 Sep 2013 11:46 am EDT

With everyone anxiously awaiting the arrival of cross-platform BBM, the beloved messaging app is celebrating a milestone today. One year ago today BBM was added to the Collins English Dictionary.

Given the global popularity of BBM and the BBM name it was no surprise to BlackBerry fans, but BBM has come a long way since last year. 

With BlackBerry 10, BBM has added both voice and video (with screen sharing!) and will soon be bringing all of its amazing features to iOS and Android users as well. In the coming weeks we'll see BBM expand to an even bigger audience as it goes cross-platform. 

So congrats to BBM (and all the folks at BlackBerry of course!). We can't wait to see BBM in the hands of our iPhone and Android buddies soon!

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BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) celebrates one year in the Collins English Dictionary


WHO CARES about cross platform. I personally would rather not she this unique feature. No BlackBerry no BBM.

I know why they are doing it, nevertheless I stand firm on MY opinion

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Most of my contacts are on BBM - for others I use texting and that meets my needs. But I'm curious to see how the CPR pans out, with so many thinking it will draw people to BlackBerry, and others thinking it will eliminate the need to move to a BlackBerry device.

Strange thing but I now use BBM 10% of the time. Those BBM contacts of mine who still have BlackBerry devices and have not yet moved to the other side, also communicate via Whatsapp more than with BBM etc...

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Hopefully they aren't forced to soon add the '(archaic)' or worse '(obsolete)' qualifier next to it.

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BlackBerry doesn't get enough credit for this accomplishment.. like legit, do you guys EVER think that iMessage could possibly get added to the dictionary? No.. how about Whatsapp or Kik? Absolutely not. (:

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Good point. It demonstrates the huge impact and prevalence BBM and BlackBerry once (and in part still has, and I hope will have) on society.

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Today would have been the perfect day for a cross platform release

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One down on bbm that is sadly getting ignored... the fact that when you send a picture, bbm will dramatically reduce the quality of the pictures

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Congratulations to BBM for its one-year anniversary in the Collins Dictionary.

Now let's talk about BBM going cross-platform because some are still not convinced it's a good move. Let me tell you why it's GENIUS. As it stands now, the messaging universe is fragmented. Once BBM hits iOS and Android, BlackBerry will have everyone under one roof. Once that occurs, BlackBerry will push BlackBerry Channels like you wouldn't believe. For those who aren't following this so far, BlackBerry Channels is comparable to another little messaging client called Twitter. For those who don't know what Twitter is, it's huge and that's all you need to know. Someday, it'll be Facebook vs. Twitter vs. BlackBerry Channels. I don't know about you but that sounds like a pretty sweet business to me.

So congrats to BlackBerry for the dictionary accomplishment and for having the sense to see what a great business idea BBM and its spin-offs can be.


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