Back in the early days of the internet I remember utilizing simple process BBS server boards for chatting with friends and associates from all over the world. I remember in those days, thinking that it was the coolest thing ever.
Basically you logged onto your BBS and you had a group of people that you followed, you could chat and send messages. The graphics were pretty much nil in that it was mostly all text and monochrome monitors. My first system was actually an all in one system i.e. monitor/hard-drive. I am talking early 80’s here.
Over the years the idea remained the same, we all enjoy being able to communicate with friends, family and even strangers. The evolution of messaging really took off in the early to mid 90’s. My BBS list of people quickly became my ICQ list of friends, which of course expanded greatly as ICQ was the top of the line when it first hit the scene. Soon after there was rumblings of a program called Yahoo, and Hotmail that would chance the communication world forever. Did it ever!
At this point, I still have my BBS list of friends, I have my ICQ list, and for me personally, I started with Hotmail so know was utilizing their mail service. Within the next 2-3 years I was then using Yahoo mail, and in by 2000 the creators of Hotmail had come out with MSN messaging software. Over the years the programs expanded and the capabilities broadened. By mid 2005-06 the creation of Facebook changed the communication world forever. Through the years the creations and expansion of various internet communication tools broadened as did the telecommunication world. We went from the initial cell phone that was the size of a shoe box, to a credit card sized phone in about a decade. The capabilities of the cell phone today are astronomical.
So what am I getting at with all of this information? For me personally and I am sure the high majority of people we have lists and lists of friends and family that we like to talk too. For me personally I have my old BBS list, I have my ICQ list, my MSN list, Yahoo Messenger list, and now my Facebook list. On top of this, I also have had a number of cell phones, and over the last 3-4 years I have had a Blackberry which I know have a new list of friends on my BBM (Blackberry Messenger).
Now, Facebook being the most popular platform I have 99% of my contacts there so when I am online I can access my chat lists, send messages to the people that matter. I also have access to my BBM list, problem I have is that not all of my contacts have Blackberry, some have Iphones, and some have just basic cell phones. Utilizing text messaging works, but is limited.
For the past couple of years, I simply logged into my Facebook account with my Blackberry and accessed my account. The mobile environment is not ideal, and also entailed some additional costs on my plan which was both frustrating and costly.
About two weeks ago I came across a handy Facebook software application called Chit Chat for Facebook. Essentially what I was looking for and what this app provides is a tool that organizes your entire Facebook contact list on your phone. The software is available both for your PC and just recently for the Blackberry. I did a bit of research on it, and the program has everything I was looking for.
Once I purchased the Blackberry Facebook Messenger app, the download was completed quickly. Once you enter your name, phone number and Facebook information your entire contact list is quickly created and stored on your phone. You access your list just as you would your MSN or BBM list. You can see your friend’s status, updates; you can poke people, send messages or files etc.
All of this can be done without utilizing your web browser which is really cool.
I was able to get this app for under $2, and it was the perfect solution for managing all of my personal and business contacts. You should check it out.
Larry Henry Jr.