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BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) finally ended its struggle in competing with other messaging sharing platforms such as WhatsApp, Line, and Telegram. Even so, there are still many things that make the app memorable for its users.

One of them is the terms and abbreviations made from the application itself. In fact, some of them are still often used as a reference for netizens when using other messaging apps nowadays.

For example, PING !!! The BBM users must be familiar with the features that can make the recipient’s cellphone vibrate like crazy.

Now, the habit of ‘terrorizing’ chat friends seems to have passed down to users of different messaging platforms. Now its form has become much simpler – just type the letter “p” repeatedly.

Here are Some of the Many Abbreviations Made by BBM:

  • DP (Display Picture)
    This term means profile photos of BBM users. Moments after its popularity began to fade, there were still many people who used the term DP in referring to profile photos of social media users.
  • DN (Display Name)
    DP means a profile photo, then DN is the profile name of the user who will appear in the chat room. Usually, users not only type their name on the DN but also decorate it with weird emoticons.
  • PM (Personal Message)
    A complement to the DN and DP. It is located just below the user profile photo. The contents can vary, starting from the user’s mood, items they are selling, or even the name of their lover. Its function is more or less the same as status used in various messaging applications now.
  • PIN
    A PIN is a combination of numbers and letters which is the unique identity of each BBM user. If anyone still remembers, the PIN that starts with the number “2” is the BBM user from the BB cellphone, while the one with “5” is the BBM user from the Android phone.
  • BC (Broadcast)
    This is the term to send the same message to more than one contact. Today, it is commonly referred to as a BM (Broadcast Message).
  • Deliv / Read
    This is always something that makes you excited when you trying to get with somebody. BBM users can see whether the message status has been sent (delivered) marked with the letter “D” or just read (read) which is marked with the letter “R”.
  • TC (Test Contact)
    TC is usually done by BBM users when they send a message for the first time to a newly added contact.
  • Delcont (Delete Contact)
    One of the ‘most scary’ abbreviations of BBM. If somebody were to break off a friendship or a relationship, Delcont is usually the sudden outburst of anger from the person of interest. This is done by deleting the contact of the person they cut off.
  • Auto Text
    This is one of the biggest forms of entertainment from BBM. There must be someone who still remembers the auto text depicting someone throwing a table! Usually, the average BBM user has many auto texts in their auto text list. You could say this was more ‘advanced’ than the emojis because there was no limit for users in creating auto texts.

Have you started to miss BBM? What other terms in the application do you remember?


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