Few days back, Blackberry released on update to BBM app and based on that update, BBM Pins Are No Longer private.
You may be asking, how do we mean BBM Pins Are No Longer private? With the latest BBM app installed, you can now chat with contacts on your phone without actually having their pin.
As we already know, whatsapp works in a way that if we have a contact stored on our phone and the person is a user of whatsapp, we can directly chat with them on whatsapp as long as the number is registered on whatsapp. That’s exactly what BBM has actually turned out to be.
For example, if you are a user of BBM and I have your number stored on my phone, I can actually chat with you even without having to send you a BBM request.
Good thing is, People who you haven’t officially accepted on BBM, cannot see your BBM display picture, see your BBM status updates and can neither make or receive calls with you via BBM voice.
When you navigate to your contacts list on BBM, you’d find BBM contacts and just ‘Contacts’. The BBM contacts are the contacts you already have on your BBM. That is, you already sent a BBM request to them and they’ve already accepted you. Contacts on the other hand, are your phone contacts who use BBM.
Extra Tip: The retracting message feature still works well on the latest version and not on subscription plan as most people speculated. You can also simply hide the BBM sticker options.
With this development, do you think BBM has lost privacy? Personally, I think No. For the fact that BBM pin are no longer private, it doesn’t mean privacy as been lost. Since contacts cannot see if i am online or not, they shouldn’t get upset if i choose not to reply their pings.