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BBM 5.0:
The new way to date and flirt in digital times

BlackBerry Messenger makes it easier to continue the conversation

More and more people are using BlackBerry® Messenger to flirt, mingle and build relationships. So much so, that the famous line “What's your sign?” is rapidly being replaced with “What's your PIN?” and “If you show me your barcode, I'll show you mine”.

Tips and tactics to help you through the new dating and flirting phenomenon:

Get the conversation started

When you see someone who catches your eye, getting their PIN or barcode lets you know right away whether they're interested – or not

Strut your stuff

Make things even more attractive by using an image or avatar from the gallery as your profile picture or adding a flirty personal message as your status

Romance is in the air

BBM™ is a lot more intimate than texting – you know they want to hear from you because you've exchanged PINs

Send them your very best

Share your interests by sending that special someone voice notes, pics, videos, music and more

Sweet talk all you want

With up to 2000 characters per message, you'll never have to cut the conversation short

Keep the fires burning

Share your love by commenting on a picture or sharing funny or interesting links you've received

Get a little graphic

If you're running out of time or things to say, it takes only seconds to send a wink, smile, hug or other emoticon

Read between the lines

Knowing when a message has been delivered and read means "I didn't get your message" won't work anymore

Maintain a little mystery

If you're playing hard to get, don't open a message as soon as you get it or you'll blow your cover about “already having a date that night”

While flirting and dating with BBM 5.0 will never replace the thrill of a kiss, a hug or holding someone's hand, it does make it easier to start a conversation with someone special – and keep that conversation going. Thanks to BBM's chatroom-style messaging, it's almost like they're right next to you. Who knows? A single sharing of a BBM PIN or barcode code could lead to Mr. Right or Miss Perfect. And that first date could turn into the first of many more. » Have BBM 5.0? Use it. Need to upgrade to BBM 5.0? Get it. Get Free Upgrade

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