Facebook Messenger vs. BBM — Why BBM Sucks

BBM was just released for iOS and Android and a number of people are quickly jumping onto the new-old messaging platform. Before you hop on the bangwagon and add to the messaging fragmentation problem, let me explain why Facebook Messenger is better than BBM.

First off, BBM sucks is a bit harsh. BBM is actually great, it’s just unnecessary and worse than messaging from within Facebook.

1. Everyone* already uses Facebook.

This first point should be obvious but many people still miss just how amazing Facebook is. Until Facebook came along, there was no platform that could single-handedly connect you with everyone you would ever want to speak with (and even some you probably never will want to speak with, but that’s okay).

Facebook Messaging allows you to instantly connect with anyone on your Facebook, no PIN required (more on that later). You can message your closest friends, or reach out to an acquaintance for a very random and specific conversation.

* there aren’t many people left unreachable via Facebook, especially for younger generations.

2. Choice

You can use Facebook Messenger, the dedicated app, or you can message people right from within Facebook. Since many people are already on Facebook throughout the day, it just makes sense to pull up the message box and start typing away!

3. No need for PINs.

Tired of updating people’s phone numbers? Adding PINs? Dealing with phone changes? No worries! With Facebook Messenger you don’t have to worry about any of that. Simply log into to Facebook on any connected device on the planet and you can pick up where you left off in conversations, instantly!

4. Facebook Messenger can be used on a plethora of devices including the desktop.

Apparently BBM will eventually be releasing a desktop application, but as it stands Facebook Messenger has an enormous advantage since the platform remains exactly the same whether you are on desktop or mobile. This is a huge benefit to Facebook. When you’re on the go, use your phone. When you are at home, however, you have the option of typing much faster at your desktop, should you choose to do so.

5. BBM will lead to more fragmentation.

The biggest problem with BBM, the thing that truly does suck, is that it will lead to more fragmentation. Facebook was slowly starting to take over as the default communication platform for many people. Sure, people still text and use iMessage, but Facebook Messenger was always a reliable backup used for connecting you to anyone — especially good for conversations that contain close friends and acquaintances.

6. Facebook Messenger has all of the features of BBM.

Read receipts? Check. Send pictures? Check. Send emoticons? Check. Facebook Messenger has all of the desired features of BBM and none of the undesired ones (like requiring PINs, gross).

7. BBM is unnecessary.

By now, you have probably figured out a fantastic way to keep in touch with your friends. Maybe it’s WhatsApp, texting or iMessage, or even better, you’re messaging through Facebook. Either way, BBM will only complicate the communication with your friends.

Please stop this fragmentation nightmare. Don’t jump on the bangwagon!

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2 thoughts on “Facebook Messenger vs. BBM — Why BBM Sucks

  1. Dave,

    Alot of what you say has alot of meaning, But this I do not agree with.. Yes it is your own opinion and I understand that, But let me tell you why BBM is good..

    1. Data Usage and Security. If you’ve ever used BBM you know that its more secure then any 3rd party messaging app made. On top of that is uses so little data that someone with a 200 mb data plan can get away with using it every day and not see it hurt there data plan.. Whats app, Imessage or Facebook wont even come close to saving you as much as you can on Data..

    2.Its freaken BBM.. everyone knows it, it doesnt piggy back off your phone number like whats app, and doesn’t automatically show your available to friends on facebook messenger.. Everyone whos had a blackberry will understand what the hype is about, and its there for a reason. Its that good..

    3. Facebook messenger is by far the most annoying, buggering app ever made.. I don’t need god damn bubbles popping up, Fuck i hate facebook messenger because half the time when you dont have service then come back into service the message doesnt show up anyways.. Where with BBM it does..

    So overall, everyone has there own opinions, but I am and will be one of those people to use BBM day in and day out.. I will jump on that bandwagon (u spelt bangwagon(orgy time?)) and i suggest everyone else atleast try it and make there own assumptions.. Its not fragmenting, its liberating..Plus its Canadian gotta be proud of a product we made:D

    Have a good night

    1. Hi Kevin,

      Thanks for the comment. I love a good discussion!

      1. Very true point, however, it is not important for everyone. Not everyone sends sensitive information back and forth via text (I sure don’t) and a lot of people also have decent data plans so the data size is not a big issue either. I have 2GBs and I have never come close to going over, even with quite a bit of YouTube streaming (and that takes up WAY more data than any messaging service).

      2. I used BBM for years so I definitely know where people are coming from, from a nostalgia point of view. However, I disagree that the PIN system is a good one. For me, it’s a pain in the ass. I already have all my contacts on my phone and an even more complete list on Facebook. I don’t want to have to ask everyone for PINs when I already have their damn phone numbers and have them friended on Facebook. This point gets a BIG WTF from me.

      3. This point is definitely just pure opinion. I find Facebook messaging to be completely seamless. Very responsive, beautiful, user-friendly and linked into my contacts already. It’s also completely cross-platform, unlike BBM which has awesome features on BlackBerry that is not available on iOS and Android.

      Thanks for pointing out the bangwagon typo lol! Now that I see it though, I kinda want to keep it. Sounds about right for how hyped people are about BBM haha.

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