So you got a new BlackBerry handheld device and is now starting to explore the great BlackBerry Messenger (BBM). The problem is you don’t know of any friends who are as cool as you who happen to have a BlackBerry phone as well. So that renders your cool BB Pin and BBM useless. Here’s a good news. Why not start sharing your PIN to others? Put it in your Facebook profile. Sounds good right?
A new BlackBerry Facebook app just became available, allowing you to put your BBM QR Code to your Facebook profile so that other BBM users who happen to be in your Facebook network can scan it and add you to their BBM buddy list.
It’s a pretty clever idea. Something that I would definitely want to try since I really haven’t maximized the use of my BBM since I got my BlackBerry phone.
To try this one out, just head over to the bb_barcodegenerator app on Facebook. You will be asked for your BlackBerry PIN, choose a layout for your BB QR Code, then have the app generate it for you. From there you can opt to display the QR Code on your Facebook profile, either in the sidebar or overlaid onto your profile picture. Then wait till your friends and others within who can view your profile scan it and add you to their BBM list. Then you can start chatting away.
The barcode generator works with BBM running on version 5.0. So if your phone’s BBM is still on an earlier version, now may be the right time to update.
Skype and Nokia’s partnership has been going for quite some time now. In fact, their plans of integrating Skype to Nokia devices has been discussed as early as February last year. Although Nokia devices were able to get a default Skype client it is only now that it is finally made available for majority of Nokia’s smartphones – specifically those running on Symbian ^1.
Skype for Symbian will let you to use Skype even while on the move, either through WiFi, GPRS, EDGE or 3G. Â Skype for Symbian is now available for download at the Nokia Ovi Store and you can install it on your smartphone if it belongs to the following long list of Nokia devices that support it:
Nokia N97, Nokia N97 mini, Nokia X6, Nokia 5800 XpressMusic and Nokia 5530 and the following non-touch devices: Nokia E72, Nokia E71, Nokia E90, Nokia E63, Nokia E66, Nokia E51, Nokia N96, Nokia N95, Nokia N95 8Gb, Nokia N85, Nokia N82, Nokia N81, Nokia N81 8 Gb, Nokia N79, Nokia N78, Nokia 6220 classic, Nokia 6210 Navigator, Nokia 5320.
If your current Nokia phone is any of those devices listed, then you can enjoy the following features of Skype on your device:
Make free Skype-to-Skype calls to other Skype users anywhere in the world
Save money on calls and texts (SMS) to phones abroad.
Send and receive instant messages to and from individuals or groups
Share pictures, videos and other files.
Receive calls to their existing online number
See when Skype contacts are online and available to call or IM
Easily import names and numbers from the phoneâ€™s address book
Of course before you go on a Skype holiday, make sure that you are subscribe to an unlimited data plan, since even though Skype-to-Skype call is free, you are still using up air time of your mobile carriers.
You may download Skype for Symbian by following this link.
If Google is going social with Google Buzz, Facebook’s chat facility is going towards that feature too, in a more subtle way. The Official Facebook Blog just announced that Facebook chat now integrates with various popular IM clients, including AOL’s.
What this simply means is that you can now stay connected with your Facebook friends through chat, even if you navigate away from Facebook.com. Â In fact, you don’t even have to stay logged in to Facebook just to chat with your Facebook buddies. Chat messages can now be sent to your desktop IM client. This new feature will also let you control how and where you chat with your friends. You can also select Â which of your online friends you would like to appear online by adjusting some settings on your Friend Lists.
This new feature uses Jabber XMPP, which is actually an open messaging protocol supported by most IM platforms. Some of these IM clients include – iChat, Pidgin, Adium, Miranda and more. So, if you’re using any of those IM clients, you can now start chatting with your Facebook friends using any of the said IM facility.
To connect Facebook chat with your existing IM clients, click on the “Connect your IM” link on this site tour, select your IM client and follow the instructions for setting up your account. Then, enjoy chatting with your Facebook friends while you surf the web, just like your ordinary desktop chat facility.
Meebo has integrated MySpace and Facebook instant messaging access into Meebo.com. Driven by requests within Meeboâ€™s 40 million-plus user community, this makes Meebo the first web application that enables real-time access to the worldâ€™s most popular social networks and instant messaging services.
â€œTodayâ€™s announcement reflects Meeboâ€™s long-time goal of offering open access to all IM and social networking users, as well as providing them with the best IM experience possible,â€ said Seth Sternberg, CEO and co-founder, Meebo. â€œPeople have friends across a variety of different social networks, and Meebo is a place where they can come for real-time social interactions with these friends, at any time.â€
Nimbuzz has released its free iPhone application that lets users call, chat and message, for free, with their friends on virtually all major instant messaging communities and social networks. The appllication can be downloaded at the Apple iPhone App Store.
Nimbuzz currently grows at over 10,000 new users per day and over 10 million logins per day.
Universal Music Group (UMG) and Meebo have entered into an agreement to provide Meebo users with ad-supported videos from many of the most popular chart-topping artists in the world. The agreement will kick off by Meebo featuring artists Kanye West, Ludacris and The Killers at Meebo.com, where users will be able to view videos from the artists to promote their new albums. To augment the promotions, UMG will embed Meebo Rooms on official artist pages to enable real-time social interactions among fans.
The agreement with UMG creates opportunities for Meebo users to enjoy premium content and gives UMG access to premium promotional space to create significant online buzz for their artists. In addition to featuring new, hit videos on Meebo.com, UMG will utilize Meebo Rooms to enable real-time social interaction for fans visiting UMG artistsâ€™ official web properties. In the past, UMG has used Meebo Rooms to power a number of popular events, including an online listening party for Kanye Westâ€™s Graduation album and a live chat with hip-hop icon LL Cool J.
Chat is the favorite way of communication for millions of teenagers and even smartphones support instant messaging today. “Hiogi for Skype” is the world’s first question and answer service that enables users to ask for advice by simply typing a question into their Skype chat window. Each question receives an accurate answer from the online community.
“Hiogi for Skype mobile is the easiest way to receive quick answers while traveling,” says Bjoern Behrendt, CEO of hiogi. “It’s like chatting with a good friend, who is always willing to help and who knows everything.”
This is how it works:
Add the Skype name on the site and approve hiogi to be added in your contact list. Afterwards any question can be send to hiogi directly on Skype by writing the keyword ASK in front of the question. The answer plus references or comments show up in the Skype chat window minutes later. A list of all functions can be requested by typing in the keyword HELP into the Skype chat window.
Meebo has launched Meebo for Android, an instant messaging application that brings free and open communication to T-Mobileâ€™s G1, the worldâ€™s first Android-powered mobile phone. Meebo for Android provides a simple â€œon the goâ€ instant messaging experience for anyone with a Meebo account, or an account on one of the popular IM services.
The application will be available as a download through the phone via the Android Market.
Meebo for Android includes:
Access to all of your IM accounts through a single login and single buddy list.
A fun and simple IM experience thatâ€™s similar to using meebo.com on your PC.
Real-time notifications! Alerts of new IMs are pushed to the status bar even when Meebo runs in the background.
Meebo announced its first deployment of Meebo Community IM, an integrated instant messaging solution for online communities, on Flixster.com, an online community for movie fans with a global reach of millions.
For Flixster, the partnership with Meebo enables live communication and real-time notifications between community members, increasing user engagement and time spent on site. The partnership also paves the way for monetization of the service. Meebo will serve ad units designed specifically for web instant messaging and will share revenue with Flixster.
The launch of Meebo Community IM on Flixster begins a staged rollout to a network of signed partners that serve a total unduplicated global reach of 72.9 million (August 2008) and an unduplicated reach in the US of 26.2 million (August 2008). The list of partners that will be implementing Meebo Community IM includes Bleacher Report, DanceJam, Dhingana, Fanpop, Flixster, Global Grind, IBeatYou, myYearbook, Nickelodeon/MTVN Kids and Family Groupâ€™s AddictingGames, OrangeShark, Piczo, PerfSpot, SparkArt, Sugar Publishing, Tagged, UGAME.net, Yaari, Zinch, and Zorpia.
Meebo announced an additional round of partners who signed up to use Meebo Community IM for their own users, making Meebo the largest open IM network on the web. In combination with the eight launch partners announced in July, the network of partners signed up to use Meebo now has a total unduplicated global reach of 72.9 million and an unduplicated reach in the US of 26.2 million.
Meeboâ€™s latest offering, Meebo Community IM, integrates open instant messaging into online communities, enabling live communication and real-time notifications between members of social media, entertainment, gaming, and blog networks. Users are also able to communicate with each other at meebo.com, resulting in an open and federated instant messaging network based on the collective social graphs of some of the Webâ€™s largest community sites and instant messaging services. Meebo Community IM partners signed to date include Bleacher Report, DanceJam, Dhingana, Fanpop, Flixster, Global Grind, IBeatYou, myYearbook, Nickelodeon/MTVN Kids and Family Groupâ€™s AddictingGames, OrangeShark, Piczo, PerfSpot, SparkArt, Sugar Publishing, Tagged, UGAME.net, Yaari, Zinch, and Zorpia.