linuxmachine wrote:This isn't so much a 'which chat platform is superior' question, since I know you're a huge fan, and we could get locked into mortal forum combat over this, but from an 'ecosystem' perspective...
It's my understanding that in order to talk to people on BBM, you also need to install a BBM client. If I am forced to do this, how is it different from being 'locked in' by creating a google account to talk to other people on gchat? Both platforms are domain specific, and you need to buy in in order to talk with friends on that platform. They are the same thing conceptually, isn't it?
The only thing you need to use BBM is the app, an email address and a smartphone. I think a lot of people don't understand BBM because they've never used it. It has some major strengths that other messenger apps do not have:
1) Can be used on virtually any platform, whether it be: iOS, Android, BlackBerry and I think (but not 100% sure) Windows. I'm a huge iOS fan, but I will be the first to agree that iMessage is only good if the other person has an Apple device. I can't iMessage my buddy who has an Android. My cousin who is pro-Android can't use Gchat with our grandmother because she doesn't have a google account. Yet all 3 of us can use BBM. BBM solves the 1 messenger for all devices regardless of whether it was made by the ghost of Steve Jobs or a green machine, etc.
2) You don't have to give out ANY private information (i.e.: phone number, email address). This is where whatsapp falls short. If I want a buyer I do business with to message me on my mobile, I have to give them my number (which I may not want them to have!) or on iMessage I'd have to give out an email address I may not want to give out. Giving out a PIN keeps you pretty private.
3) You can seamlessly move from platform to platform. Sick of iOs and wanna use Android? No problem. BBM will follow you and your contacts will never know (unless you tell them) that you switched. I'd love to try the Note 3, but, I'm so engrained in the iMessage right now (due to lack of BBM contacts) that I can't move from it. (Some of my contacts are overseas).
4) It's not owned by evil Facebook.