Kik Messenger – send free text & picture messages over the Internet
Nov 6, 2010 7:00 PM –
Kik Messenger is the totally free, crazy-fast, cross-platform messenger app that connects you to your friends in real-time. Use Kik to chat, share pictures privately, plan outings with groups, and stay connected to the people who matter most to you.
Price: Free, Offers in-app purchases
Pros & Cons:
- Easily send text and pics over the Internet without using text messages
- Works well across the 3 major platforms: Android & iOS (suspended from Blackerry)
- Notifies you when signing up of contacts that may also be on Kik
- Runs in the background, notifies of new messages via instantly notifications bar
- Indicates when your message has been read by the recipient
- Supports group chats
- Quick and easy setup
- No control over the initial notification this app sends out
Features & Usefulness:
Plainly put, this is a cross-platform app developed behind the idea of Blackberry Messenger. It now features groups, plus sending text and photo messages via the Internet versus text messaging, however, does not have the capability for QR codes like BBM, but it’s ease of use is incredible. Install the app, register your nickname, and this app will automatically start going through your contact list and let you know who is also using Kik from your phonebook. That’s a pretty neat feature to me. Bad part (for some) is that it will also let those same contacts know you also have Kik. Don’t get me wrong, I think it’s a great feature but it should let you decide whether or not you want others to be notified of your presence.
Ever send someone a text message and weren’t really sure if they ever read it or not? Not anymore! This app will let you know when your message is delivered and if the recipient has read your message or even if the other party is typing. Kik will receive your messages for you in the background and indicate in the notifications bar at the top of your screen. The idea of Kik was to bring messaging to a more real-time conversation and it looks like they are in the right direction. On their blog, they’ve indicated their next implementation will be music.
Kik Messenger Conversation
Kik Messenger Smileys
Kik Messenger Startup
Kik Messenger Tell A Friend
Graph of Total Kik Users (http://kik.com/blog)
If you send texts a lot, this could be very useful and used daily (if not every 5 minutes). The limitation is that the other person must have the app to use this effectively. Your chances are looking good so far considering that they’ve grown to a million users in 15 days.
Simple, sleek and easy to use.