More BlackBerry Messenger Barcode Oddities

By Bla1ze on 12 Oct 2009 11:35 am EDT
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More BlackBerry Messenger Barcode Oddities

Ever since BlackBerry Messenger 5 leaked, users have been playing around with the barcode system and finding some strange and not so strange things about it. This one however has to fall under the strange category in my opinion.

We got a tip from JJ that if you scan the barcode shown in the example of how to use the barcode system, it comes up with a rather omnious URL from a quite popular site. Go ahead and try it out and let us know what you think. I'm not going to give away where exactly it takes you - but you can see that for yourself. I will say personally, I think someone at RIM who was on the BlackBerry messenger dev team might have insomnia. Thanks JJ!

Topics: News & Rumors

93 comments

Madness87

I also was the first person to comment on the forum post for the "9" barcode on the movie poster like 2 months back.

ItalianPrincess

definitely not a BBM contact!! i can't sleep either!

1magine

I don't have or use BBM5 - but curious what is the URL? Can someone post?

peanuts154

Well isn't that fun!

Spoiler alert! Converted to tinyurl for those who don't want me to spoil the surprise for them.
http://tinyurl.com/cny5lv

tony bag o donuts

I would take out an add in the paper with just the bar code and say scan it......

TXBlade

Nice, I think i need to figure out how to manipulate these Barcodes LOL

srheug

I hope counting sheep helps

bryan.grider

Ha kind of old news.

Scan this one:

http://chart.apis.google.com/chart?cht=qr&chs=350x350&chl=http%3A%2F%2Fc...

Save it as an avitar, print it off and post all over your town. Let's get the BB users from around the world to join in on the addiction.

Look up QR Cod Generator on google and you can basically make a barcode for anything you want!!!

Sully83

I went to this site that you have listed and tried scanning the code. Dang then shut my phone off. Was this suposed to be a prank/joke? Because it sure wasnt funny.

jayhammy

This is a cool website for creating your own barcode for whatever info you put in. Select the QR Code as the type.

if you use it more than once, I'd recommend donating to the site creator.
http://www.terryburton.co.uk/barcodewriter/generator/

ronsonger

THATS CRAZYYYY MANNNNN

mcguirej#CB

That's awesome. I check that site every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday - when the new stuff comes out.

Yandar

Its just overworked coders having a laugh. Some of the OS cod file names are in a similar vein.

Frank2029

This is nothing new. Here in Toronto, Canada i see tons of ads where a company has a BBM bar-code on huge banners or displays across the city, pretty neat actually

KiD SiSTeR

ahh thats funny stuff there! and the scan barcode thing is pretty awesome too!

zeelob

Clearly an insomniac!

camti

hahaha, very good! Nice one RIM.

myersau

is there a way to bring up the scanner option without having to go into Blackberry messenger and "adding a new contact"...?

cadsystems

I'm guessing that will be an OS 5.0 feature. Since the BBM barcode scanning is a 5.0 function.

jeremy.schiefer

So how do we make are own barcodes that link to whatever page we want?

jerseysoprano

That was a very strange link. I must say, I am loving the whole barcode effect, makes me feel elite and stuff..lol

beri

lol wow working a bit hard there

tonybunce

This isn't an Easter egg from a BBM developer.

You can scan any QR Code 2D barcode.

Like this one:
http://img396.imageshack.us/img396/9285/barcodeimageaxdsqrcodeb.gif

zyxwvu44

i wonder what else you can do with a barcode!

FineWolf

Scannable contact info which sends your contact info into the address book of the scanner.

http://forums.crackberry.com/f2/how-create-scannable-vcard-bbm5-335154/

You can generate QR Codes from this Google Backed Generator:

http://zxing.appspot.com/generator/

gusts

once i installed this new messenger this bb Group added to my calendar, i always delete similar from the CICAL thingy but not this time, pls help cos this annoying me very much. all the calendar notes moved to this new group, cannot invite properly etc.. :((

benflynhi

How can I do a screen print or get my barcode sent to an email so I can print it out or put it on business cards?

jazzejohn

You'll need to use an app that takes screen shots off of your phone. There are a few here on crackberry that range from a few bucks to free, check it out at the app store.

DarkainMX

When viewing your own barcode to "display to others", press your BB Menu button. There is an option in the menu to save it as a file. Once saved, transer to PC over USB, email, IM, etc.

kbeard26

you can email your barcode to yourself...like to your pc email not your bb and print it out or save it. when you go into bbm5 my profile go to display my barcode and just save it.

jazzejohn

Don't forget to read the alt text by hovering your mouse over the image and letting it idle there.

Love the site and I'm not the least bit surprised that a Blackberry software guy is a fan as well, lol

DarkainMX

This also isnt "new". This same QR code was also in the beta version of BBM5 that leaked a while back.

Lovesherbb1915

haha, that is too awesome. :)

misterjots

there should be a app to scan all kinds of barcodes

khrissi17

There is! Its called edocrab, "Barcode" spelled backwards lol where have you been?? lol but its not as sensitive as the BBM but its a GREAT app u can scan everything and it finds it at a cheaper price

mizarkusd

thank you anonymous BBM coder who burnt the midnight oil to deliver us some great BBM features! see how productive you can be with insomia?

laylaperdomo

I THOUGHT THAT WAS CUTE =D

lunglady

That was weird. but funny!.

angelm1249

yea, i saw the webcomic- cant sleep.....somebody must be working around the clock, lol

abdul

Great.I like this web site,5.0 BBM is awesome.

vdubnbass

so stupid...can that site get any less funnier?

alikat979

Sheep have never done it for me loool

FlicksBerry

Very.....very....sleepy....now....Zzzzz

sakgwea

So, how do I go as to making my own barcode(s)...
I like the 5.0 I had the leaked version of it. It was pretty cool. I liked that you could post a pic of what you liked instead of the regular ol' generic face. Now just gettin the word out to the customers.....btw...i still want to know about the barcode creator = ^ _ ^ =

tpop35

Maybe it's just me, but I think that along with contacts, we BB users, are only able to access url's with the bb code scanner. I've tried different sites, and different types of data: SMS, plain text, even just phone numbers, and each time it continues to try and scan or it kills my phone, as if it had powered down or reset itself. Any other opinions out there or someone who's tried a qr code creator that actually works for the BB? Oh BTW I'm using a Storm1.

khrissi17

I had the same problem when I created a barcode on that site someone on here added the link for my phone froze and restarted itself and I panicked! I thought it gave my phone some sort of virus..lol so I won't be doing that anymore..Oh I have the Tour but I scanned Kevin's barcode with no problem

kbeard26

the scanner works on my storm..i've tried it on 4.7 os and 5.0.0.230 and it works great...i'm not sure whats going on with your phone. someone posted contact info...phone addy bbm info and my phone scanned that barcode no problem..i didnt add the contact...i just wanted to make sure it worked. and i just made a bar code for my cell number and it pulled right up.

digitalb0y

One of my favorite sites for a laugh! I figured some of RIM's coders must be pretty cool, but a particular geek (or group of geeks) definitely gets even more cred with me for that one!

iLovemy_bb

...hmmm, I shall create a barcode of my own, why, I'll even give it a name. It shall be called, the code for my abode. Wow, that has a slight ring to it, don't you think? Oh, dear, I'm ranting. Well, carry on then, I have added my opinion where I saw it was needed. Good Day!

amarettek

Too funny, and at the same time, weird!

moyjoy

That's a free ringtone download for an artist I manage. :)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/25285338@N04/4005683061/

tpop35

Ok, hopefully no one will ostracize me for having too much time on my hands or being for lack of a better work, anal retentive. I just needed to know why the code reader wasn't working like we all wish it would. Well I made a little discovery and someone one else has probably figured it out too, but I haven't seen it posted yet. So go here to scan the barcode and see what I'm talking about.
http://i295.photobucket.com/albums/mm141/blkflyer00/barcode.jpg

kbeard26

just glad your scanner works now lol

devilzlitangel

O K, wtf! its cool that it can recognize and scan but ANYWAYS, waste of time. Thought it'll be something cool, yet its OMG, stupid!

tpop35

Surely I hope you mean the BBM, if you haven't read the rest of the post, then you'd know that the app is severely limited with what it can read, at least for now. It amazes me the amount of people who always criticize, well shut up and go do something cool, then we could be amazed by you. Did you even read what you scanned? If you had then you would've understood the purpose of the post!

Harry_Yambag

my phone (curve 8320) will read every barcode i make that contains numbers only. The second I add even one letter, it fails to read it whether I choose phone number, text, html etc

boss1969mustang

Basically being bored at work I used this website to test barcodes that I created.

http://zxing.appspot.com/generator/

So far the ones that I got to work on my Tour is the location (which opened bb maps and pulled up the location), the email (which opened a new email to the address), the phone number (which dialed the scanned number), and the url (which opened the website).

I couldn't get the calendar, contact info, or the SMS to work. Hope this feature advances to include these functions because it's pretty awesome.

sailboats

the new age of subliminal advertising

Giopand

Man I know that since the first day the BlackBerry Messenger BETA was leaked. Old stuff and boring, next time I hope you come with some real good news (NEW Please)...

daytyme

I have the same problem where a group calendar is created once you join a group in the new Blackberry messenger. there are no service books created for this Group unlike emails (CICAL) and facebook. Calendar entries are moved to this new retarded group which cannot be deleted.

if anyone has a way to rid this calendar. please post it.

thanks,

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