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Kik Messenger


Released October, 2010

Product Shot 1 The Pros:Chat for friends for free as an alternative to txting that costs money. Very fast. Faster than native iPhone txting. Automaticaly builds out your contact list as people sign up.

The Cons:Can only chat with other Kik members, unlike txting that can be sent to any mobile #. Can NOT delete account. Overwhelmed servers lead to unreliable service in the meantime.

Kik Messenger is a free, downloadable chat app for BlackBerry, iPhone, and Android smartphones. Modelled after BBM (BlackBerry Messenger), the app allows users to chat for free over their WiFi or data plan.

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  • 8

    Chat for friends for free as an alternative to txting that costs money

  • 5

    Very fast. Faster than native iPhone txting

  • 5

    Automaticaly builds out your contact list as people sign up

  • 4

    Free app

  • 4

    No ads (yet)

  • 3

    Available for Android, iOs, and BlackBerry

  • 3

    Carrier independent

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    Ultimately, will force mobile phone manufacturers and mobile carriers to change their policies for the better (free, cross-platform messaging)

  • 3

    Now available for Blackberry devices

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    Keeps track of online status of friends

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    Platform independent (iPhone, BB, Android users unite)

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    "Message Sent", "Message Read", and "User Typing" status messages. The killer app of BBM brought to everyone.

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    Can only chat with other Kik members, unlike txting that can be sent to any mobile #

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    Overwhelmed servers lead to unreliable service in the meantime

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    Lacking many features found in competitors since it's so new

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    Can't modify user name.

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    Can't run on two devices simultaneously. It will automatically log you out of one of them.

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    Not as reliable as SMS as it requires a data connection

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    Takes up lots of data

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    no group chat

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    Pulled from BlackBerry App World (Nov. 15 2010)

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    Can burn your battery quicker than BBM on a BlackBerry device

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    shadowtech: I don't know, I've seen WhatsApp prominently featured in several sections of the iTunes store. I was using it before I even heard of kik. Anyway, it's pretty good, but I still text more than anything else. There are still people out there without data, apparently. Jan 8, 11

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Erik: I'm confused. It seems that the #kik_messenger hype is over? http://search.twitter.com/search?q=kik

At least according to the current twitter action. Did RIM already win? Fickle consumers...Easy-come, easy-go. Dec 7, 10
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  • Erik

    Erik: I agree with you. There is definitely a double standard. I don't think legally, that IP cases should take into consideration the relative sizes of companies. RIM legitimately "invented" BBM, and Kik cloned then improved it. I see those as the only pertinent facts.

    I have mixed feelings about IP cases. On one hand, it protects the creators of ideas, but on the other it serves to slow down improvements on those existing ideas. Dec 7, 10

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Erik: Congrats #kik_messenger for being nominated for Mashable entrepreneur of the year: http://mashable.com/2010/11/27/promising-new-companies/ Nov 27, 10
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    Omar: Huge congrats to kik team. it's an awesome story. Nov 27, 10

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Erik: I can't believe what's going on with RIM / Kik.

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Obviously, the reason they dropped it, is because of competition to BBM, not the lame privacy reason. Do you think it's a smart corporate decision to try and kill Kik? Is that even possible given the Android, iPhone, and WP7 competition? Nov 24, 10
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    Erik: Wow. Things are heating up. RIM must be scared of #kik_messenger 's disruption to their Blackberry market:

    http://www.engadget.com/2010/11/15/rim-pulls-kik-messenger-from-app-world-cites-number-of-issues/

    Kik really undermines their BBM service, which looks like their marketing as a key differentiator. If people turn to Kik in droves (a cross platform messenger), they won't need BBM. If they don't need BBM, they don't need a Blackberry at all. Do the math.

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