Friday, October 09, 2009

What’s in your BBIM Barcode?

New with Blackberry Instant Messenger (BBIM) 5.0 is the ability to add contacts by scanning a barcode which BBIM can emit through the “my profile” feature.

It’s a cool feature, but I was obviously curious what was being sent.

The barcode is a QR Barcode, a two dimension barcode and ISO standard.  You can read all about them online.

Using the Barcode Reader for .NET library, I scanned mine in.  Here’s what I found

bbm:x07x8cce7b313673Steven Berkovitz

First, we’ve got a BBIM  identifier, “bbm”.

Followed by my PIN,”x07x8cce” (I’ve replaced a few characters).

The third set, “7b313673” I have not yet identified but it does differ between barcodes.  I’ll update this post when I find out.

At the end is my display name (not your name, I’ve verified this with some other barcodes), “Steven Berkovitz

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