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 2 months ago '07        #1
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iswerve 202 heat pts202
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RIP: BlackBerry Messenger dies today
 

 
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Today, after years of dwindling usage and financial woes from BlackBerry developer RIM, BlackBerry Messenger is going away for good.

BlackBerry Messenger (better known as BBM) was one of the first instant messaging (IM) platforms that arrived on mobile devices in 2005. People could choose to use a BBM account tied to their unique BlackBerry Pin rather than send a standard text message. BBM managed to take traditional desktop messaging and translate it to the tiny computers in our pockets. It was astounding.

It wasn’t perfect, though. BBM looked like an early version of Facebook’s WhatsApp. The text bubbles were cluttered, the user interface felt clunky when navigating between messages, and if the wheel on your BlackBerry got stuck, good luck scrolling through messages. Despite BBM’s weaknesses, it became the app that defined my early high school experience for two main reasons: group chats and a striking similarity to desktop IM platforms like AIM.

No one uses BlackBerry Messenger anymore, but it created the very foundation of how the world still communicates today.



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 2 months ago '07        #2
stogz 19 heat pts19
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we had a good run
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 2 months ago '05        #3
Schavez98 8 heat pts
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@ RIP
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 2 months ago '16        #4
Negusis 7 heat pts
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How quickly innovators are forgotten
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 2 months ago '14        #5
Lurker 212 heat pts212
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I miss my Blackberry Bold. High school days


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 2 months ago '17        #6
GodBody 299 heat pts299
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I worked for them back in Blackberrys prime. Hated my Boss. Still to this day if I ever catch him i have an a*s whooping for him that’s way past me over due. So it’s fu*k Blackberry/RIM as a company. They can all rest in sh*t.























I loved my BB Bold so it’s sad too see it go.
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 2 months ago '14        #7
strungout 410 heat pts410
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did you write this article op
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 2 months ago '09        #8
McmasterlockPt2 43 heat pts43
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My first smartphone was a blackberry curve 8330. I used to love that device
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 2 months ago '05        #9
jsilerio 144 heat pts144
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Love BB mane

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 2 months ago '17        #10
therunawayx 13 heat pts13
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Fell off
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 2 months ago '15        #11
6shake6 14 heat pts14
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Still got the Slide out Keyboard joint...I use it as a Burner type phone
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 2 months ago '18        #12
NBA 60 heat pts60
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BlackBerry was lit

All the bi*ches a n*gga used to have on BBM, good times

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 2 months ago '15        #13
donnyyy 17 heat pts17
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Their fault they didnt want to move over to touch screen and loafed around until it was too late.

That's what happens when you don't get with the times.
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 2 months ago '16        #14
STUNNA 20 heat pts20
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og iMessage

 2 months ago '13        #15
jae dub 336 5 heat pts
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Miss my berry


 2 months ago '06        #16
realgunta 970 heat pts970
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 donnyyy said
Their fault they didnt want to move over to touch screen and loafed around until it was too late.

That's what happens when you don't get with the times.
^^this

 2 months ago '07        #17
DIPSET101 31 heat pts31
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Had a bold and curve. sh*ts felt so good in hand. I miss that bi*ch. My boy showed up with a pearl one day. We clowned him so hard he came back with a curve
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 2 months ago '15        #18
jay mula 6 heat pts
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 6shake6 said
Still got the Slide out Keyboard joint
Same
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 2 months ago '04        #19
diamond4981 3 heat pts
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 DIPSET101 said
Had a bold and curve. sh*ts felt so good in hand. I miss that bi*ch. My boy showed up with a pearl one day. We clowned him so hard he came back with a curve
dang i had the pearl and the trackball fell out. i loved that phone

 2 months ago '06        #20
"SS" 32 heat pts32
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Always wanted a blackberry, but never got one...i was one of the first people to hop on the android wave
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 2 months ago '15        #21
Good Guy Ry 26 heat pts26
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 "SS" said
Always wanted a blackberry, but never got one...i was one of the first people to hop on the android wave
Went straight from palm to android, completely missed out on the BB and iPhone wave.
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 2 months ago '15        #22
donnyyy 17 heat pts17
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 Good Guy Ry said
Went straight from palm to android, completely missed out on the BB and iPhone wave.
It was great during its heyday man.

You were screwed if that trackball stopped working (usually sweat and lint go under it)
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 2 months ago '04        #23
Maroon_Tiger 30 heat pts30
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I had the blackberry 8830.. sh*t was a fu*kin beast

 2 months ago '07        #24
*-InfiniMatic-* 5 heat pts
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 McmasterlockPt2 said
My first smartphone was a blackberry curve 8330. I used to love that device
Same here.

 1 month ago '11        #25
iDaPappy 28 heat pts28
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Still using my BB Passport as my business phone. Joint still a beast.
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