Weekly Contest: the BlackBerry gets social

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First, let’s thank the guys at Gizmodo for this shot. She looks better with the BlackBerry than I did. We’ve been seeing the ‘Berry Mascot out and about more often, just like the device from which he was birthed. We’re not talking about the costume-making machine. What we’re saying is, BlackBerrys are becoming more of a social device.

Being used to settle bets, checking movie times, and other things are slowly becoming regular tasks on the BlackBerry. But there are app’s that will help you out in social settings, too. So this week we’re asking you: What is your favourite BlackBerry application to use for social purposes? Don’t limit it to IM apps, there’s more to life than instant messaging. This week’s winner will receive a copy of Ascendo’s DataVault. Now THAT’s pretty awesome.

And speaking of awesome…

Thank you everyone for your entries in last week’s contest where we asked what 8-bit goodness you’d like to see reincarnated on your device. Almost 30 entries to sift through, some, as always, were better than others. To some: did you seriously think I’d give you 5 games just for writing one word? Please. We need a little more effort. So, the top 5 BPlay games goes to Patrick for nearly saying that “Bo knows BlackBerry”.

Tecmo Bowl, hands down. That way, Video Bo Jackson could be the greatest video game and cell phone player ever.

Great response. We’ll need you to let us know your PIN# so we can hook you up with your five new titles (including Bookworm – my new favourite). Actually, Mr. Jackson could benefit from Bookworm, too. He could use some new words.

  • CarterJ

    booooooo, i was robbed Steve S.P., lol just kidding. Nice job Patrick.

  • CarterJ

    booooooo, i was robbed Steve S.P., lol just kidding. Nice job Patrick.

  • http://www.kradest.com/ Krad

    I don’t know steve… golden tee on the pearl or 8800 with trackball controls is hands down the best game that could ever go on a blackberry….

    getting drunk and playing the golden tee at the bars was always entertaining when there was no tail around.

  • http://www.kradest.com Krad

    I don’t know steve… golden tee on the pearl or 8800 with trackball controls is hands down the best game that could ever go on a blackberry….

    getting drunk and playing the golden tee at the bars was always entertaining when there was no tail around.

  • Patrick W.

    For social networking my choice would have to be http://www.pinPPL.com this is a site exclusive to blackberry users. It is currently in beta testing stage but still full of options. You create a profile, which uses your unique BB pin, and search for people with similar interests, hobbies, etc. then you communicate via PIN messaging. Try it if you have not already.

  • Patrick W.

    For social networking my choice would have to be http://www.pinPPL.com this is a site exclusive to blackberry users. It is currently in beta testing stage but still full of options. You create a profile, which uses your unique BB pin, and search for people with similar interests, hobbies, etc. then you communicate via PIN messaging. Try it if you have not already.

  • Patrick W.

    For social networking my choice would have to be http://www.pinPPL.com this is a site exclusive to blackberry users. It is currently in beta testing stage but still full of options. You create a profile, which uses your unique BB pin, and search for people with similar interests, hobbies, etc. then you communicate via PIN messaging. Try it if you have not already.

  • WinStan Da Rasta

    I prefer the 8700 blackberry guy.

    Way cuter device. The 8800 looks like a fancy car, not very huggable!

  • WinStan Da Rasta

    I prefer the 8700 blackberry guy.

    Way cuter device. The 8800 looks like a fancy car, not very huggable!

  • Patrick

    Thank you, thank you. I think Bo knows Blackberry would have been a great response. I am mad I didn’t use that.

    Funny thing is, I had just downloaded Bookworm and the Brain Up games, so I will just take the other three in the top 5.

    Is there any place I should e-mail the PIN# or just leave it on the message board?

  • Patrick

    Thank you, thank you. I think Bo knows Blackberry would have been a great response. I am mad I didn’t use that.

    Funny thing is, I had just downloaded Bookworm and the Brain Up games, so I will just take the other three in the top 5.

    Is there any place I should e-mail the PIN# or just leave it on the message board?

  • Patrick

    Thank you, thank you. I think Bo knows Blackberry would have been a great response. I am mad I didn’t use that.

    Funny thing is, I had just downloaded Bookworm and the Brain Up games, so I will just take the other three in the top 5.

    Is there any place I should e-mail the PIN# or just leave it on the message board?

  • Ashton

    pinppl is not a good site. you have no choice but to publicly show your pin (its part of the url). will only be a matter of weeks before u receive pin spam non stop. better to keep it private and keep it safe.

  • Ashton

    pinppl is not a good site. you have no choice but to publicly show your pin (its part of the url). will only be a matter of weeks before u receive pin spam non stop. better to keep it private and keep it safe.

  • Paul Anthony

    @Ashton:

    If you enter no tags in your profile, there’s no way anyone can reach your profile from browsing the pinppl site.

    It’s true that your PIN is a part of your URL – which means that people need to know your PIN first, in order to visit your profile.

    And, there’s no such thing as “PIN spam” that I am aware. Mine is the most prominent PIN on the site, and I’ve received no such thing.

    People share their PIN numbers all over – the most prominent BB discussion boards have areas to allow people to share their PIN’s.

    Pinppl is a social site. That people can see your profile is not a drawback…it’s the point, and is why people register; to meet new people to message over their BB’s.

    In addition, you can completely remove your profile at any time.

    So, when you say “better to keep it private and safe”, you’re talking about your own preference. As is evident, that’s not what everybody would like to do.

    Thanks for your critisisms though, as uninformed as they were.

  • Paul Anthony

    @Ashton:

    If you enter no tags in your profile, there’s no way anyone can reach your profile from browsing the pinppl site.

    It’s true that your PIN is a part of your URL – which means that people need to know your PIN first, in order to visit your profile.

    And, there’s no such thing as “PIN spam” that I am aware. Mine is the most prominent PIN on the site, and I’ve received no such thing.

    People share their PIN numbers all over – the most prominent BB discussion boards have areas to allow people to share their PIN’s.

    Pinppl is a social site. That people can see your profile is not a drawback…it’s the point, and is why people register; to meet new people to message over their BB’s.

    In addition, you can completely remove your profile at any time.

    So, when you say “better to keep it private and safe”, you’re talking about your own preference. As is evident, that’s not what everybody would like to do.

    Thanks for your critisisms though, as uninformed as they were.

  • Patrick W.

    I also like to use pocket express to keep up on the scores of my favorite teams while at work and current events. You can use BlackBerry maps to find your way to the house of the girl you just met :)

  • Patrick W.

    I also like to use pocket express to keep up on the scores of my favorite teams while at work and current events. You can use BlackBerry maps to find your way to the house of the girl you just met :)

  • Patrick W.

    I also like to use pocket express to keep up on the scores of my favorite teams while at work and current events. You can use BlackBerry maps to find your way to the house of the girl you just met :)

  • http://lbambach.com/ LouB

    I find that NewsClip – a great RSS feed application for the BlackBerry – has been my favorite so far. Heck, that’s how I found BBcool. From the latest sports scores to tech news to current events it’s all right at my fingers. These little blurbs have led me to some interesting conversations not to mention a few hot spots for socializing. It also allows you to save the feeds so I can pull them up as proof and show off my BB at the same time.

  • http://lbambach.com LouB

    I find that NewsClip – a great RSS feed application for the BlackBerry – has been my favorite so far. Heck, that’s how I found BBcool. From the latest sports scores to tech news to current events it’s all right at my fingers. These little blurbs have led me to some interesting conversations not to mention a few hot spots for socializing. It also allows you to save the feeds so I can pull them up as proof and show off my BB at the same time.