BBM Channels' Dear Photograph: 14 Biggest Tearjerkers

By Michelle Maisto  |  Posted 2013-08-30

BlackBerry has gotten a lot wrong over the years, and gotten other things right but too late. In May, it introduced BBM Channels—a version of BlackBerry Messenger that expands beyond personal contacts to let users interact with groups, brands and basically anything that can fit into an Instagram-like format. It's added content that's received minimal attention (though rumors that BlackBerry is considering spinning off BBM into a subsidy may change that). One channel that's a particularly perfect, time-sucking homerun—an example of form factor and function in a happy marriage—is the blog Dear Photograph, which consists of a photo from the past lined up in the present, along with a caption. People mostly hold up photos of loved ones they miss, but also poignant is the fact that smartphones have made the premise rather untenable. (Who prints photos anymore?) For your long-weekend, procrastinating pleasure, we offer you 14 doozies—poignant, heartstring-tugging photo love poems to a time now gone. Just try not to reach for the tissue box.


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