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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Hello Facebook Messenger, Goodbye BBM!

facebook-messenger-bbmpngIn one shot, Facebook may have just killed SMS (text messages) and BBM! It seems Facebook is launching ‘Facebook Messenger’ which will allow you to send messages through an app directly to your Facebook contacts without ever having to log in or open the site.

The move is brilliant. Although it could take away some traffic from the site, it entrenches Facebook as a permanent means to stay in touch with friends. Why bother trying to port over friends to various messaging apps when you already have everyone on Facebook? Utter brilliance.

I have always been frustrated by the fragmentation of the messaging market. Some people are die-hard BBM users, and others use various other apps but none of them communicate to each other. So BlackBerry users were stuck chatting with other BlackBerry users and iPhone users were stuck with other iPhone users. Now, everyone will be able to chat – for free – with all of their existing Facebook contacts. Which, for most people, is their largest most complete network.

The app will only be for iOS and Android though, so you BlackBerry users finally have no excuse for sticking to BB for BBM.

Although it does not seem to be available in Canada yet it will most surely be rolling out to us shortly – with increasing competition from Google+ now, it seems Facebook has gotten the message (pun intended).


So, are you all over the new Facebook Messenger?