Facebook is the CrackBerry reader's social network of choice

Social Networks
By James Richardson on 15 Mar 2014 06:17 am EDT

A wee while ago we asked the CrackBerry nation which social network you use most on your BlackBerry. As I suspected, the two main contenders were Facebook and Twitter and frankly I had no idea which way this one was going to sway. 

But it was Facebook that was the clear winner - not by a lot, but an extra 12% over Twitter. What does this result tell us about us BlackBerry 10 users? From where I'm sitting it means that we are more interested in engaging with the people that we actually know. Sure, most of us will have Facebook friends that we may not be 'proper' friends with, but I would imagine that the majority of our Facebook contacts are people that we've been to school with, worked with or are actual friends. There's always exceptions though. 

Not surprisingly Google+ came bottom of the poll. That one I think was a no brainer as we don't have a native or third party application that works on BlackBerry 10. Our web browser does a pretty good job, but it's the one social site I never visit and that's because there is no BlackBerry app - you listening Google? 

If you disagree with my theory hit up the comments and have your say. 

Reader comments

Facebook is the CrackBerry reader's social network of choice


All my friends are one Google + and amazingly nobody uses it. We're just all there and nobody is posting anything.

Posted via CB10

Not many of my friends are there and most that are aren't posting much but I have discovered that there is lots of interesting stuff there, much of more, hmm, 'sophisticated ' nature than the usual FB stuff. And if you're into photography them there is a world of great photography, and great photography communities. It was when I discovered the 'Communities' that real usefulness of G+ became clear.

Totally wish we had a native G+ app and Google Play Services / API.

Come on 10.3!

Totally agree with this. I have plenty of contacts on Google but never use it or log on to it. In fact that there is such a network never strikes me. I use it to send heavy duty files and I am told this has nothing to do with Google+ though.

Posted using my Q10

I only use Google+ on my Android devices because it does a great job of backing up all your photos and videos for free.

Posted via CB10

Agreed. Can't understand why it doesn't work well when BlackBerry themselves make it

Posted via CB10

Agreed. I. Did tweet Michael Clewley to moan and he did ask what my pet peeves were and mine was the random over of my timeline and the 'new stories' notifier that doesn't go away until you go to the top of the page

Perhaps we should have a bit of a mass tweet rant about timeline orders?

Posted via CB10

The Facebook app is full of glitches after the last update with messages often not sending missing notifications. Not to mention the haphazard news feed. I'm using Facebook less and less because of these issues, which is not necessarily a bad thing.

Posted via CB10

Thanks but no. Is it too much to ask for to have a good native Facebook app after one full year? They know this is one of the most important and most used apps and yet it's full of glitches and still missing key features.


Couldn't agree with you more! With results as seen in the poll, it would be nice if BlackBerry put more effort into the Facebook app.

Posted via CB10 on my BlackBerry Z30

Yep BlackBerry developed the FaceBook for BlackBerry yet they can't make it minimally functional much less full-featured. While I don't use FaceBook very much there are people for whom it is a primary means of keeping in touch.

Posted via the BlackBerry Q5 using CB10.

Yeah it's messed up, sometimes only showing me a half dozen posts. I have the browser paged saved and use the APK to cover it and still not great.

Come on 10.3!

Yes FB app sucks. I just bookmark websites in Browser for apps that suck or don't exist. Only extra couple seconds to open browser.

Posted via CB10

You don't even have to open the browser for it. Once you have it loaded just save it to your home screen. Then it's always right there and it will launch in browser automatically when you tap it.

...we are all connected...

Facebook is the Devil! The World would be better off without it. I do loves a #Tweet or two though.

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Twitter is not as personal and is more limited than Facebook, regardless I have both as most people, why cut your self off with both you usually cover everyone

Posted via CB10

I feel FB has brought allot of friends and family back together. I communicate more with my family and friends then I ever did before it became the social network it has become.

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This is the way I felt for a time also. I slowly grew to dislike the topical nature of the interaction FB allows though. Additionally, I'd find myself trying to read every article that everyone posted and end up not getting anything done and barely remembering most of the articles anyway. I don't think it's an age thing, but related to the kind of person one is... and I just don't see much value in FB.

I had to switch to Facebook for android because messages won't send with pictures in them, yet I send them just fine on the android app on my Z10

Posted via CB10

Facebook for BB10 glitches in my hub and when i open it, it will not go to most recent no matter what i do. I downloaded the android version and it has the option to select most recent and doesn't tie to my hub. A little slow at scrolling on my Z30 but still better version than the BB10 version

Posted via CB10

Mine has a mind of its own sometimes I can reply to fb messages from the hub and other items messages won't send

BlackBerry, now that you know that your users are mostly Facebook users.. PLEASE fix you FB app! Im not asking it to be even feature rich! Just let it work properly..

Posted via CB10

Almost everybody who uses the Internet looks at the Google+ button everyday, but it seems only a minority clicks that button and actually uses the service. Something tells me this isn't quite what Google intended to happen.

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I have issues with the FB app it's glitchy bbry need to work on that

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I prefer face book but it sometimes doesn't respond as fast as my wife's Samsung never the lest it work ok

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FB works great for me. Messages via the hub, status postings using the "fb ..." text input as well as the app itself. I check twitter on occasion, not often though. G+ experience is just like everyone else - I have an account, many people I know have an account, *nothing* seems to ever happen there. I don't care there's no BB app for G+, I'd probably still never use G+.

i'm surprised given BB's new focus that LinkedIn wasn't a choice. It would have been my selection.

Posted via CB10

Are me and Larry W, above post, the only ones not having issues with the FB app?
On my Z10 it opens every time from the hub or icon, works great as an app, instant messaging works fantastic, uploading etc,etc.

I'm real happy with it.

Posted via CB10

BB10 FB App needs a lot improvements. FB in general needs improvement...I want my news feed in Chronological Order!!!!!!! I don't want stuff that happened a day or two ago to list before something that happened 3 minutes ago! What retard would think that's a cool feature? I hate stupid people!

Posted via CB10

Thats actually a Facebook setting itself and not to do with the app. You have to switch your news feed from Top Stories, to Most Recent. That used to really annoy me as well!

...we are all connected...

Read somewhere that:

Twitter is your parent's Facebook.

Not really surprised at the results as the average BlackBerry users could be older.

The mini survey could have collected some demographics - maybe a missed opportunity.

Posted via CB10

Like everyone else. After the invasive Facebook, I'm weary of Google +. All these nosy social apps are constantly mining for personal data. I have all the social apps yet rarely use them.

If an item in the news feed from 2 days ago gets updated as in some one adds a comment to a photo. Then yea, it should go to the top,

Don't know why some people have to resort to offensive insults to make their point.

Posted via CB10

And if you don't want it to be that way switch your news feed settings from Top Stories to Most Recent.

...we are all connected...

Don't use FB, NSA doesn't need to know more, FB, Twitter and G+ removed and renamed to fictitious names

Posted via CB10

Mark Zuckerberg’s frustrations likely reached a tipping point when it was recently reported that the US National Security Agency was masquerading as a Facebook server in order to infect targeted computers.

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Have you got URL for us? Sounds like an interesting read.

I'm a bit of a tinfoil hatter, but I don't wear it all the time. Sometimes only solid tin-can will do... ;-)

"No Q10?" -> "Buy from Chen... "

Facebook works fine for me,I am gamer on f/b with my phone am able to access my games which I would not be able to do on an Android phone unless I download the app. With the Z10 I can play some of them on my phone because of the flash player support.

Posted via CB10

As many people who voted Facebook probably hate it too. I feel it's more used than it is liked.

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Facebook and Twitter is truly for peasants. Yeah I said it. Secure social networking with bbm and channels or nothing.

Posted via CB10

I deleted my facebook account.. it's quite liberating actually. I didn't delete it on my BlackBerry so I still got my friends contact info.. all I need to do is ignore some notifications for account info.

Posted via CB10

Facebook has become #1 social network site. Billions of people log on everyday. Even leaders of nations have Facebook page. Zuckerberg recently bought WhatsApp to expand Facebook. WhatsApp users have filed lawsuit against merging of Facebook and WhatsApp. Users are increasingly concerned their privacy & security being violated with this merge.

Zuckerberg recently went complaining to Whitehouse about NSA posing threat to security and privacy of Facebook users.

What security and privacy did we have to begin with??!!

Since billions of people are on Facebook, BlackBerry need a world class Facebook App. Currently it's in mediocre state. Sometimes it works.

BlackBerry is Social networking machine. When are we going to get GooglePlus.?? Without popular Apps No success for great machine.

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Posted via CB10

Obviously Facebook is the easiest accessible app in the mobile world. Nothing to confused 'bout that. ;)

Posted via CB10

I've always just used bbm, and now Skype too. Before Bbm was icq, MSN messenger, and Yahoo messenger. Played with gTalk for a bit until bbm came out for Android.

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Maybe cause BlackBerry users don't have the latest and greatest so we stick with the old fashion stuff such as Facebook

Posted via CB10

I think this has more to do with a lack of choices than anything else. I'm sure if BlackBerry 10 had a native Instagram and Tumblr app, the percentages would be a lot closer, although I have to say that the new IGrann third party app for Instagram does a great job. Given some time and a new poll down the road, those numbers may be a lot closer than they are now.

Posted via CB10

Can someone tell the BBM team that they should increase the clarity/quality in picture sharing? It's the only reason I still use WhatsApp

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First it sends a low resolution pic, then the user needs to request the highres version

Saves bandwidth for casual sharing, and helps to avoid bogging down the BBM network

"No Q10?" -> "Buy from Chen... "

The Facebook app for bb10 sucks so bad, I want to use it because it's native but simple things like sending pictures in messages don't work....like really.

I had to get Facebook for android to basic level functionality

Posted via CB10

Why are the poll boxes so small in the Crackberry app? Seems poor programming/design to me.

Come on 10.3!

Agreed! The poll boxes are really small in my Z10 and the radio buttons are hard to hit with a finger tip.

Posted via CB10

This kind of comment occurs on just about every blog post with a poll, yet CB has not reacted yet.

Maybe it's a technical limitation of web elements available in the app. Custom (size) radio button is what we need...

"No Q10?" -> "Buy from Chen... "

It would be nice if the limitations in the BlackBerry Facebook app could be fixed. The sorting method is glitchy and there are no options to display by Most Recent.

Posted via CB10

Facebook is the best are you kidding me LMAO. A typical FB post is " I'm eating a donut and drinking coffee lol. I don't care how many users FB has its total garbage. FB is the new My Space.

Posted Via AT&T BlackBerry Z10

Plus Twitter is informative while FB posts consist of "Mom I'm going to Sally's to do homework.

Posted Via AT&T BlackBerry Z10

There are few things that piss me off more than a company using Facebook as the conduit for comments, feedback, contest, or even support. I'm not only gone, I'm angry and gone.

Some smarty consultant must have told them something about social media and guerilla marketing, customer base interaction, blah blah blah..., and they listened and drank the kool aid.

Also saves them money not having to set up and run they own support solution to be able to interact with their customers. Not nice if you don't have a FB account and don't want to get one.

"No Q10?" -> "Buy from Chen... "

I have a rather large family and Facebook is handy for keeping in touch with people I'm not that close with. The ones I am in contact with a lot we use BBM and Groups. I have never looked to see what Google + is and never will. Twitter is more of a toy I find, it seems to be getting a lot like Facebook in that when a person makes a comment you have hundreds of keyboard tough guys tearing a person apart.

It always seems there is someone who always dislikes one of the platforms so I find it necessary to use more than one, which I don't mind.

Posted via CB10

I hate Facebook... I wish I could delete it but there are a lot of groups I need to be in for school stuff.

Posted via the super amazing BlackBerry Q10

Facebook is going the way of MySpace. Maybe 2 years left in it. I've already noticed a massive decline in activity over just the past 6 months. Twitter however has endless possibilities unless they do something completely stupid.

Posted via CB10

Makes sense they bought WhatsApp then, in the light of these circumstances. I just sense the general FB scare is gonna kill that, too.

"No Q10?" -> "Buy from Chen... "

Facebook is way behind on blackberry to outher mobile os platforms needs some decent updates

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Is it just me or does this really not make sense? BB owners brag about device security, then opt for the least secure social media site in existence?

totally agree. Ironic isn't it! People are so oblivious or don't think it could happen to them.

Totally, that's what I thought when I first read the blog post headline. Ouch.

Almost hypocritical, if Thor didn't talk about the "hyper-connected individual" they are targeting with BB10. If you're "hyper-connected", of course you can't avoid one of the main nodes, like FB.

"No Q10?" -> "Buy from Chen... "

I was under the impression that the BB10 FB app was the same as the Android version. Apparently it's not. Downloading via Snap now to try it out.

Posted via CB10

IG is my preferred choice. FB is annoying, getting tired of people posting about how great or how horrible their lives are. I just don't give a fk! Lol

Posted via CB10

My social network is on Facebook, so I use Twitter to follow news rather than people.

Posted via CB10 on Z10

I like using both Facebook and Twitter but they both have some annoying bugs in them that need to be fixed. Question is will they ever be fixed

Posted via my awesome BlackBerry Z30

No no its not sorry I use twitter and iGrann. I despise FB I have an account I don't use it. Just actual one on one messages and I use the hub not the app itself

Posted via CB10

I am not surprised at the results and I knew I wouldn't be in the majority. I have a facebook and twitter account.
I only use FB to look at the FB pages of business's , charities etc. I do not post anything of my own. I do not want my personal information to be mined and sold. FB also keep's changing the privacy settings so it is too cumbersome to try and keep up and I DO NOT trust them! If I was going to invest that much personal time on something like that I would want it to be private & secure and would be willing to pay for that. Free is not Free!
With Twitter at least you know it is public. You go into it knowing that everyone can read it so you tailor your correspondence accordingly. I enjoy using it except

AS for Google+, I don't trust them either so I don't use it. Thinking even of ditching gmail too. Would rather pay for things and have security rather than be a commodity.

all crackberry folk bang on about security, then run off and use facebook! im speechless ....

Posted via the Android CrackBerry App!

Facebook for BlackBerry sucks ass. All they've done is put a fresh coat of paint on the sucking. Been here waiting the whole time. I just use the browser instead.

Posted via CB10

Social Media isn't important to me at all! I do use BBM Channels, does that count.

I deleted my facebook account long ago.

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Rather silly, they didn't add BBM channels in the poll, but that would have distorted the results. No idea what they were aiming for.

"No Q10?" -> "Buy from Chen... "

It probably has to do with the fact that a) we don't get rolled out the new social network apps, and for some reason people just have to use apps instead of the great mobile websites many have, and b) well, we're old and care more about social networks that are struggling for relevance.

Kinda like us BB10 users.

Posted via CB10

I was wondering if others were having the same issues I'm having with FB. I see they are,i wrote about the problems in my review on App World and even sent a email detailing all the problems! This has gone on WAY to long and there is no excuse for it! Shame on them!!!!!!


BlackBerry Facebook app is so buggie and lame. Devices with top specs like Q10, Z10 and Z30 runs Facebook app 10X worst my old Samsung from early 2008, 600MGz and 256 ram.

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I have never really got twitter 140 characters is very limiting and when i have used it i found it very Boring. As for Facebook I'm on it but never use it

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Yeah, I'd go with the poll and particularly, your analysis of the average blackberry user the analysis of the average blackberry 10 user. Over 90% of my friends list are people I grew up with.

Glad you gave Google a heads up too, that's the one product I enjoy from them the most. It would be nice to get a working app. In the meantime, FB is an amazing go between. Not that FB folks, I'm talking 'bout FlipBoard. Get some!

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Probably a lot of Crackberry readers that don't use any social networks.. that should have been another option

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I love Google plus.. I don't know many people on it..that may be the reason I like it

Facebook is terrible and so old school. I didn't even load the app on my phone

Posted via CB10

It's a shame that Facebook don't work since the latest update. I can't read any notifications and despite uninstalling and reinstalling it refuses to work. I have now removed it from my Z10 and have little intention of trying some future patch or update. Its pathetic. A 4g BlackBerry with no Facebook.

Posted via CB10

I downloaded the real instagram and I probably use that more, it's UI is so slick and I lurve it

Posted via CB10

Seriously are you praising bb10's native facebook app? when many of us are running into errors of its basic functionality, RIM has had over a year to make their app fully functional yet the android facebook app is far superior (even though its slower but thats due to the android runtime on BB10) im not hating blackberry 10 OS here as I personally feel its far superior to androids Jelly Bean and apples IOS, but seriously Research In Motion need to put some serious programming in their native social media apps

Posted via CB10

Yet BBRY FB app is the worst out there, sure we had a few updates but still it's a mess. 1/4 of the posts are missing and in random order, can't load videos with the app and the FB loader app doesn't work with 10.2.1, can't run or check Pages you operate properly ....wish we could get a top contender like Apple does.

Sent flawlessly from my Z30!

I couldn't vote because there was nothing for those who don't use social networks unless BBM, text or email counts.