BBM-ers, You Are Doing It Wrong.

I seriously wonder what is the purpose of BBM (BlackBerry Messenger) nowadays. I don’t know how many times have I said this (not in this blog), but I effing hate people who broadcast messages ALMOST EVERYDAY! And it’s not like the message is important anyway. It’s just some nonsense like some super lame jokes, or even: “Good morning, Shalom! God Bless You”. The last one is true story. My dad has a friend who keeps on sending that very same message EVERY SINGLE MORNING!! My godddd…. These people seriously have nothing else to do, izzit?

And my dad being my dad, he replies to that message once every two weeks with “Amen.”.


But really, the function of BBM itself has changed from a medium to keep in touch with your family and friends to a place where you sell stuffs, promoting your products, to even creating a group to sell your stuffs. By all means, please use Facebook or Twitter for your business!

Don’t get me wrong. I am okay with people saying greetings everyday ONLY IF it’s in a BBM group, NOT sent to individuals. Unless you wanna talk to me personally, then please don’t waste 10 seconds of your time sending me a morning greeting if you don’t even bother to follow up the conversation afterwards.

And apparently, a writer from JakartaGlobe feels my sentiment, too. Here’s an article written by him:

Stop Sending Inane Broadcasts on Blackberry!

I have been getting a lot of broadcast messages on my Blackberry lately, and to be frank, it’s aggravating, especially when the message is irrelevant, or worse, lame. I completely understand that the BB Messenger was expressly created to send messages, but the question is: What kind of message should you send using the broadcast service?

The thing about broadcast messages is that they are essentially mass messages. For instance, I have friends who like to send information on automotive sales. They surely know I don’t have my own car and thus I don’t usually modify automobiles. Then, why would anyone send me this “Velg for Mercedes Benz on sale, type S-Class W140 — Ring 16 — PCD 5×112 [blah blah blah]. Contact me for more information.” I don’t even know what those numbers mean.

There are also people who like to broadcast encouraging messages, complete with cute emoticons, like: “Just because it’s raining, doesn’t mean you can’t own the day today. :)”

Why would anyone broadcast anything like that? It’s a waste of the three seconds it takes to open it, and chances are most people will just delete it, and immediately. Plus, because this person is not Oprah, the message really doesn’t do anything, I guarantee you. Who needs that?

Words of encouragement should be directed at the person who needs them, like someone who just lost a loved one, someone who just went through a break-up, someone who just failed the SAT’s, etc. But not, I repeat NOT, to everyone! In fact, sending the “encouragement” to a specific someone would make the message sound more sincere and personalized. Or, why not send positive admirations on Twitter or Facebook? At least the post won’t make your phone vibrate and make people think that an important, urgent message is coming through.

I also get messages that tell a terribly sad story about someone who died of cancer, about a child who was separated from their parents or a woman who died in an accident while taking her son to school. It’s fine to broadcast these only if, at the end of the story, the message offers ways to help the family. But if it only says “broadcast this message if you love your mother and father,” DO NOT SEND!

Excuse me? If I love my parents, I would work my butt off to do well and make them happy. I would be a good person and buy them a big house with a huge garden. But what I wouldn’t do is broadcast messages to show people I love them.

So, unless your life is in danger (like if a pack of zombies is chasing you), or unless you are promoting a charity, or maybe letting people know there’s a natural disaster happening and your message would save lives, please, don’t use the service. It’s super annoying.

Use Twitter and Facebook instead. Don’t make people have to open their phones because of an inane broadcast message saying, “the day is going to be fine.” I hate to break it to you, but you are not God.

And folks from RIM, will you guys ever create a set up that can block the broadcast message? I think you guys should.

LOL! I totally agree with him, man! I mean, come on, unless it’s an important information, you don’t need to let all of your BBM contacts know about it.

I had this friend who kept on broadcasting those kind of messages almost everyday (sometimes more than once a day) to the point that I deleted him from my contact list. Sounds snobbish? Sorry, I just couldn’t be bothered with his messages about the things he sells or some encouragement dedicated to everyone on his contact list or some lame jokes, which TBH, are really not funny at all.

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