Instant Messaging 101

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One of the cool things about a BlackBerry® smartphone is the ability to keep in touch with friends using popular IM programs like Yahoo! Messenger, Windows Live Messenger, Google Talk, AIM and ICQ, (not to mention BlackBerry Messenger) which can be downloaded from www.blackberry.com/instantmessaging. Whichever instant messaging client you use, they all share some really useful and fun features.

Take the ability to set an alert letting you know when one of your friends comes online, for instance. If you need to chat with a friend , but you see she is offline, select the contact, and click on “Set Alert.” When your friend comes online, a notification pops up and you can start chatting.


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Say you want to show her how much snow fell in the last couple of days. Fire up your  camera and take a picture. Once you have taken the picture, you can use your favourite IM application to send the picture right from the camera. Select your friend from the list of online contacts, and the picture is sent to her and shows up in her conversation window.

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Now, if you’re like some of my more popular friends, you’ll have a long list of contacts in your IM application. You can easily find the friend you want to talk to by typing the first few letters of your friend’s name on the contact list screen. The application will display the matches at the top, under “Search”.  This is especially useful if your friends name starts with “Z” – you don’t have to scroll all the way down to start a conversation.

Want to add a friend to your IM contact list? When you’re in the contact list screen of your instant messaging application, you can add your friends to the BlackBerry Contacts. Select the friend and choose “Link to BlackBerry Contact” and the contact will be added. After you add your friend(s), you can see their presence and availability from the address book, and also call, email, SMS, MMS or IM your friend from anywhere on the device. If you’re in the message list, you can select your friend’s name in the email screen and choose “Instant Message”, it allows you to IM your friend in one or two clicks.

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What is your favourite IM feature?

About Sanjay K.

Senior Product Manager Sanjay is a Senior Product Manager who is responsible for identifying and mobilizing great internet experiences on BlackBerry smartphones. Before being a product manager, Sanjay was a software engineer with stints in optical, data networking, and most recently in the consumer wireless industry.

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  • CurlyFatAngry

    I just love BlackBerry Messenger ! Favorite feature would be the ability to communicate per message ( no SMS fee) or in conversation.

  • CurlyFatAngry

    I just love BlackBerry Messenger ! Favorite feature would be the ability to communicate per message ( no SMS fee) or in conversation.

  • BlackBerry Tune

    IM feature I like – in MSN it shows mobile symbol besides your name when you are online; so your other online friends do not buzz you to turn on video chat. (I am not sure, its MSN feature or BlackBerry) but I wish it could show the same in yahoo aswell – As I use Yahoo the most.

  • BlackBerry Tune

    IM feature I like – in MSN it shows mobile symbol besides your name when you are online; so your other online friends do not buzz you to turn on video chat. (I am not sure, its MSN feature or BlackBerry) but I wish it could show the same in yahoo aswell – As I use Yahoo the most.

  • captobie

    I don’t see a “Set Alert” option in any of the IM programs I have installed (MSN, GTalk, and BB).

  • captobie

    I don’t see a “Set Alert” option in any of the IM programs I have installed (MSN, GTalk, and BB).

  • Jesse

    I have been using the Google talk app since I got my Gmail years ago, when I later got a BlackBerry it was a great app to find on the device. I try to use it more often because I noticed it seemed to consume less battery, but I have not heard this complaint from others. Now I do take issue with the MSN app made available for the BlackBerry, this issue is the need to manually refresh the contact list and the amount of failed messages I have experienced in time sensitive situations. Blackberry Messenger on the other time is the best IM application I have ever used. Its one of those apps you wish incorporated the import of other contacts from other IM services.

  • Jesse

    I have been using the Google talk app since I got my Gmail years ago, when I later got a BlackBerry it was a great app to find on the device. I try to use it more often because I noticed it seemed to consume less battery, but I have not heard this complaint from others. Now I do take issue with the MSN app made available for the BlackBerry, this issue is the need to manually refresh the contact list and the amount of failed messages I have experienced in time sensitive situations. Blackberry Messenger on the other time is the best IM application I have ever used. Its one of those apps you wish incorporated the import of other contacts from other IM services.

  • Caspan

    For you power IMers out there I use IM+ and it is the dog breakfast.. I can’t believe how nice the interface is and functionality of it. you get a grid view of your contacts which is a lot nicer to find people. it does come with a $39.99 price tag but it is well worth it as that gives you a life time of updates and as many devices as you will ever own. The other applications mentioned here are great 35000 feet level application but they lack the granularity some of us hardcore IMers are looking for.

  • Caspan

    For you power IMers out there I use IM+ and it is the dog breakfast.. I can’t believe how nice the interface is and functionality of it. you get a grid view of your contacts which is a lot nicer to find people. it does come with a $39.99 price tag but it is well worth it as that gives you a life time of updates and as many devices as you will ever own. The other applications mentioned here are great 35000 feet level application but they lack the granularity some of us hardcore IMers are looking for.

  • ruchir

    hi,
    i am a new Bold user and do not yet have a blackberry service activated. i am able to use google mail apps and facebook apps using my existing gprs connection.
    however, i am unable to use gtalk? can you help?
    thanks
    ruchir

  • ruchir

    hi,
    i am a new Bold user and do not yet have a blackberry service activated. i am able to use google mail apps and facebook apps using my existing gprs connection.
    however, i am unable to use gtalk? can you help?
    thanks
    ruchir

  • Frank

    Looks like I will love this feature but there is only 3 not 101.:)
    By the way, is there any SMS apps for BB that can show SMS like chatting? Previously I use Palm Treo600 and I love the SMS apps and hope can get same SMS feature with BB.

  • Frank

    Looks like I will love this feature but there is only 3 not 101.:)
    By the way, is there any SMS apps for BB that can show SMS like chatting? Previously I use Palm Treo600 and I love the SMS apps and hope can get same SMS feature with BB.

  • amybaby112

    I've just got a new blackberry curve 8520, and i want to activate the blackberry messenger. When I do add a pin, and they add mine, nothing happens, if just goes straight to pending contacts, and there is nothing to click acccept etc. Is there something I'm not doing, or do I need to do something to get it working? Any help ?:)

  • BlackBerryHelp_Pavel

    Hello,

    Do you currently have an active data plan with your wireless service provider? Please make sure you are adding the correct PIN number. Also you can try adding the contact by email as well.

    Thank you

  • Slcole65

    Is there a way to sign on to a sub ID on Yahoo Messenger? I have a main ID that I have had for years that I have to sign on with but when I chat I have an added ID that I use and I can't get it to show up on the Blackberry Yahoo Messenger.

  • Joseph McKau

    i just got the blackberry curve 8520 yesterday and i want to know how to change my BBM profile picture

  • Nehmef

    i have an 8520. i started a group on messenger. i have added friends via their pin by inviting them and they show up in the group but there is no function in my menu that allows me to start the group chat!

    what's the problem thx

  • BlackBerryHelp_Pavel

    Hi,

    Navigate to BlackBerry Messenger Application and click on your name at the top of the screen. Press the menu key and select Change Display Picture.

    Thank you

  • BlackBerryHelp_Pavel

    Hello,

    Have you tried logging in with the other Yahoo ID.

    Thank you

  • BlackBerryHelp_Pavel

    Hi,

    In the group window make sure that Group Activities is expanded and click on Chat. This will take you to the groups Chat.

    Thank you

  • Sparkle_1010

    i have a 8520 and cant seem to change my status or see anyones else status in my bb messenger, can anyone help? please xx

  • Sparkle_1010

    i have a 8520 and cant seem to change my status or see anyones else status in my bb messenger, can anyone help? please xx

  • Daniella-paigex

    hi i just got a blackberry curve 8520 but the instant messenger isnt working beacsue when i add a contact it just says pending, what shall i do?

    • Ahmed

      till the person you want accepts then he/she could become frineds

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