Kik is officially described as “Kik lets you connect with everyone you want to talk to, no matter how you meet them – at school, on your favorite social app, or in an online game.
Just ask them: What’s your Kik?” Launched in 2009, kik messenger has risen to mainstream popularity with over 120 million users now.
It is interesting to note that the application was so viral when it launched that it struck the one million figure in 15 days of its launch.
Kik messenger allows you to maintain your privacy while connecting with strangers as it does not involve you to use your number or personal details like other applications.
It runs on a BBM-esqe model of having a username (instead of a PIN). Kik is just another Instant Messenger in the market full of instant messengers, however what sets it apart is that it is a ‘fad’ amongst the youth and they have marketed it brilliantly by asking people to ask people they meet : “What’s your Kik?”.
This question has caught the imagination of many people and there are people who are seriously addicted to Kik messenger. People use Kik to connect with friends and family, but sadly the most prevalent use of the service is to flirt with random strangers. Every technology has its own peril.
In 2010 Blackberry had sued Kik for copyright infringement because Kik messenger was modeled after the blackberry messenger. However 3 years later, in October of 2013 the lawsuit was settled.
However every technology has its perils, and Kik messenger is full of spam bots who keep sending sexually explicit photographs to unsuspecting users who often fall prey to malware. It also has many sexual predators, one of whom was recently arrested for sending sexual pictures to a sixteen year old girl.
Kik Messenger is a very ‘youth oriented’ product, and it is cool to have a kik.
So, what’s your kik? 😉