BlackBerry Messenger Groups: Start One Today!


People around the office know that the first thing I do after registering for a conference is jump into BlackBerry® Messenger (BBM™) and create a group. It’s my thing. I already have a group for this year’s BlackBerry® Developer Conference (registration is now open by the way) and I haven’t even heard from Adam if I’m going yet (nudge, nudge, wink, wink).

Why do I love BBM Groups? Well – first, I’m a BBM addict anyway. Before I think of picking up the phone or starting a new email message, I try reaching out over BBM first. Having a group lets me quickly message all the members so that everyone is in the know on what’s going on. At conferences, the BlackBerry App World™ storefront crew uses BBM Groups to trade booth duty shifts, let each other know about how sessions went, and make plans on the go.

My team here at Research In Motion® (RIM) manages all the development tools used to write great apps for BlackBerry®. We use our “BB Platformers” group to share notes about apps, share blog posts on development topics, update each other on our projects, and have a little fun during our weekly video game challenges. Last week, I played net for the first time at pick-up hockey and used our BBM Group to share a photo of myself in goalie gear. I’m sure our team down in the Sunrise, FL office appreciates the Florida Panthers sweater.

Using BBM groups goes beyond work too. My wife and I use our own group to keep appointments up to date. Summers are always busy with weddings, showers, and cottage weekends, and using the shared calendar feature in our group ensures that I never forget anything, as I was previously known to do.

I’m often asked what makes a group great – and I’d say the number one reason is that they can be started so quickly. A few weeks ago, I was getting ready for The Hills (don’t judge me, it’s addictive) when I decided to create a quick group. It took me just under a minute to create, and then I added some friends and even posted a group barcode on my Twitter feed so others could scan and join. My buddies RJ and Bryan joined to make fun of me while they watched the MLB All-Star Game, while my friend Brenna from RIM PR and I spent the hour mocking the events of the episode – all in real time!

What do you use BlackBerry Messenger groups for? Head over to MyBlackBerry and let us know!

About Alex Kinsella

Promoter of apps. Connoisseur of tacos. By day, I'm a PR and Social Media Manager at BlackBerry.

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  • Sachin Jain

    Thanks for writing about the groups.

    I am the part of some 10-12 BBM groups. I have found 1 issue a lot “syncing” We have some group lists which are accessed by all the members. Now the list items updated by 1 member takes ages to update at global level and sometimes they doesn't even sync. Is there a solution to this issue so that all members can actually share the same info.

  • Rdy78

    i am part of a bbm group for 9650 owners if you wish to join us we are about 20 strong

    and let us knwo you wish to join our group….

  • Bbmgroupsonline is a site to share and join other BBM groups. You can upload your group barcode and your pin for users to join.

  • Alex Kinsella

    Thanks for sharing how you use groups – great to see everyone's cool uses for them!

  • ramlit

    I like this. Can I join in with my blog? Feel free to critique and contribute. Tnx. Here:

  • Ryan

    Is there anyway of increasing the maximum size allowed for a group?

  • BlackBerryHelp_Pavel


    This is not a feature of the BlackBerry Messenger Application.

    Thank you

  • Wikyfalevi

    hi hi hi

  • Da_les

    How do I join a group on my BBM?

  • Efon Ellyana

    thanx for sharing…..

  • Giovanniher

    I love bbm group I just started a bbm group for my softball team and all my teammate that have blackberry and in it and is so easy and fast to get in touch with them.

  • BlackBerryHelp_Pavel


    You have to be invited to a group or you can scan a groups bar code to join the group. This is one of the options in the menu of BlackBerry Messenger Application.

    Thank you

  • BlackBerryHelp_Pavel


    I too love my BBM groups and have a bunch work and personal ones set up. They are great :)


  • Tobi-Dawne

    I have a few different groups I've started… one is for family members, one is for Green political allies, and the last is for Chihuahua fanciers. BBM is AWESOME! I always feel so bad for friends who are stuck texting, BBM is so far beyond! :)

  • Nike Shox Chaussures

    Good, smart post. I've done this as well and I have to see it's great in terms of creating brand and ultimately, awareness.

  • Anonymous


    The icons are the default and can not be changed.

    Thank you

  • Gladiatoria

    I created a group, then upgraded my phone to a torch, however I am no longer the moderator and had to get invited back to the group? Is this a bug? How do you migrate the administrator of the group?

  • SLL

    Hi there, I’m looking at using BBM as a social media tool. However I am concerned as to the limit of BBM group members, is there a limit on the amount of people in a group? And if so how many?

    • BlackBerryHelp_Thomas

      Hello SLL,

      Currently BlackBerry Messenger Groups have a limit of 30 users.



  • Aburu

    how many people can a group have?? I heard it can have 30? It´s true? or can it have more than that?

    • BlackBerryHelp_Brian

      Hello Aburu,

      You are correct there is a 30 user limit for BlackBerry Messenger groups. This limit can not be changed.


  • Ls2001

    Plez….add me… my BB 260DD25A

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