BBM has officially entered modern day vernacular, with the announcement that it is to be included in the latest edition of the Collins English Dictionary.
BBM is used by over 56 million people worldwide, with 70% of customers ‘BBMing’ on a daily basis to communicate with friends, family and colleagues. In the Middle East alone, over 98% of BlackBerry® customers use the BBM application.
According to a press release, T.A. McCann, Vice President, BBM and Social Communities at BlackBerry maker RIM, commented: “The inclusion of BBM in the Collins English dictionary recognizes its status as one of the world’s most popular mobile social networks. In recent years, the term ‘BBM’ has transcended its technological origins to become a brand that is part of the everyday language of millions of people all over the world. The service itself continues to evolve, with ‘BBMers’able to share content, create groups and even post status updates to other social networking sites such as Facebook® and Twitter®directly from the BBM app. We’re honoured that a word used daily by millions of our customers has been officially welcomed into the English language.”
Some of the other tech words recently included in the dictionary were: -
LOL, Twitterer, Tweetup, Twittersphere, Webapp, Facebook, Facetime