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November 4, 2005 7:59 AM

BlackBerry Messenger

I have been a fan of the BlackBerry PIN function but always found it cumbersome - it's not obvious to find your own PIN and then you have to track down those of your colleagues. All of that changed today when I got an invite to join in a BlackBerry Messenger conversation. I dropped everything to check it out and it is awesome.

The new BlackBerry Messenger gives you the look and feel of a standard instant messenger program but is built on the PIN technology. The new BlackBerry Messenger also gives you group-chat and some other great little functionalities including time compression. Yes, time compression.

Here's what I mean: sure, you can email from it or PIN someone in a meeting, but this new Messenger client literally puts you live with someone right away (kind of like a typing version of the instant talk system being offered by wireless carriers). I was heading to a meeting and used BlackBerry Messenger to get back in touch with someone at the office, and I got a response way faster than making the call or waiting for the email. I felt connected and it felt much faster than an email or regular PIN - that, to me, is serious time compression.

BlackBerry Messenger is also highly viral (it's no fun chatting if you have no one to chat with).

In the past I have held two stances on my BlackBerry:

1. It has changed my life by allowing me to be in touch and how I want to be in touch without being at a fixed location.

2. It is an email tool that has a phone built-in and other great functions but none of them are perfect.

The new BlackBerry Messenger continues my Lovemark dedication to this device. What a very cool and simple tool.

I am very curious to see how viral it goes in the coming days.

You can check it out here: BlackBerry Messenger.

By Mitch Joel

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