#TBT Our 12 Favorite Things We Miss About BBM

#TBT Our 12 Favorite Things We Miss About BBM
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Have  you heard the news!? Blackberry announced yesterday that its signature BBM messaging platform will be available as a free app for both iOS and Android mobile devices in the coming months. This is insane!!

Remember how much we used to love using BBM? Our BlackBerrys were EVERYTHING to us as the first phones we legitimately couldn’t keep our eyes and hands off of.

Sure, we love our iPhones and Droids now, but there was nothing like our first smart phone. The memories of long stressful nights glued to our phones BBMing away, can never be matched. We were obsessed!

Here are 12 of our favorite things we miss about BBM:

Caring about the number of BBM contacts you had

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How big of a deal was it to get someone’s PIN? If someone of the opposite sex just gave you their regular number, it meant you were just friends. But if you got their PIN, you were in! Remember the phrase “PIN me”? You always wanted the other person to PIN you, because it was soooo annoying when you had to do the work.

Unfortunately, as the iPhone and Droid became more popular, your BBM contacts number would lower every day. Checking your contacts felt like checking the obituary section: “which friend have I lost today?”


The introduction of the barcode scan

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Revolutionizing BBM forever (the next couple of months before we all switched to droids or iPhones), the barcode scan was the coolest way to get someone’s digits. Granted, using it often took more time and frustration to figure out than to actually just text someone your PIN, the excitement it brought you when you managed to get it right made it all worth it!


Sending broadcast messages

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Remember when you could send a message to every one of your friends at the same time? Usually it was for some party or event you were promoting that you wanted to blast out to everybody and their mother. How annoying was it, though, when people would respond to these messages? It’s in purple, idiot! Purple means mass-text!

*The accidental late night booty call mass text could sometimes create a major issue, though…


Being able to see when messages were delivered and read

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The huge thing about bbm that everyone was in love with was the idea that you could see when messages were delivered and then opened. The term “I’m ‘d-ing’ him up” was used for whenever you  got a message from someone you didn’t want to talk to right away, so you would intentionally not open the message.

We practically were obsessed with watching that little “d” turn to an “r” and would become vigorously angry if the message was read and the person didn’t respond in a timely manner.


Tricking people into not knowing you read a message

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Just like with most things in life, there’s usually a sneaky way to get around some aspect (leave it up to Gen Y-ers to make sure of it!). On some Blackberrys, you were actually able to copy a message and paste it into your notepad without ever having to open the message, never changing the status of the text to say read. Basically, you could read the message and the person who sent it would still see a “d.” A.K.A you could ignore someone without them knowing it. Genius!


 The “Got a new phone, send me your pin#” Facebook status

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This was the biggest fear of every BBM user when they got a new phone: “will I lose all of my contacts!??” These precious contacts that we worked so hard to accrue were often lost when we transferred phones, leaving us feeling like we had to let EVERYONE know.


The pathetic and unwarranted pin# Facebook status

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This was easily the lowest and most desperate thing a person could do. Some people actually were so eager for contacts that they put their PIN# on Facebook. There was once a time when you would scan down your mini-feed, and instead of seeing pictures of food, you saw numbers and # signs. Why don’t you just make your status “I have no friends” while you’re at it?


BBM Groups

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BBM groups are probably what I miss the most from using BBM. Being able to have those “school” and “home” group chats, or whatever inside joke name you came up with, was an easy way to keep in touch with everyone. Being invited into one of these groups was a big deal and if you weren’t in a group, you felt isolated from society. These chats were also essential when traveling abroad.


Putting your location in your BBM name

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Speaking of abroad, was there anything anyone loved more than putting whatever country they were in as their BBM status?? “Amanda – Praha!” or “David Barca!” We even used the update when we traveled within the country: “Benjamin – Floral Park.”


Customizing your BBM name

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When we weren’t putting our location next to our names, we were coming up with cool nick names or emojis to include. The TM trade mark symbol was a huge favorite, as well as the emoji with sunglasses. Customizing your image was also ideal, making sure you had the best 2cm big picture!


Being able to put your BBM on “Busy”

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A.K.A don’t talk to me bitch, I’m busy!


Living or dying by the blinking light

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There were days we would just sit, staring at our phone waiting for that glorious red blinking light. We’d even turn the device over so it couldn’t taunt us, but then every 30 seconds flip it in hopes that our message had arrived. It was our hope, it was our life, it was our everything.


Bonus: The Ping!

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Was there anything better than pinging someone? It either meant you needed them NOW, or you were just trying to get them in trouble in class. Classic!

I understand there are some of you who still have a Blackberry and use BBM today; but let’s be serious: you have zero contacts and hate your job.

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Tyler Gildin

Tyler Gildin is an NYC-based Stand Up Comedian and the Creative Director at Elite Daily. He is a Television Radio Film graduate from Syracuse University and performs at clubs and colleges all over the country. He’s been written up and interviewed in publications including Newsday, CBS New York, AOL Patch and SiriusXM Mad Dog Radio. He once forgot to wear his underwear to school in 4th grade, and his mom came and brought them for him in a manila envelope. His teacher opened it in front of the class.

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