Can I Kik It?

Most mobile startups can only dream of the day they pass 1 million users. Think about it – Foursquare, perhaps the hottest mobile startup just recently passed 4 million users, and it’s more than a year and a half old. And don’t get me wrong, although what Foursquare has done is impressive, what startup Kik is doing is downright unheard of.

Kik is a mobile messaging service, being likened to the popular BlackBerry offering, BBM, except Kik works across Android and iOS as well – making it the cross-platform chatting service of choice for more than 1.5 million users. Now, here’s the kik (get it?) – those 1.5 million users came in an astonishingly quick 18 days. That’s roughly 83,333 new users per day. Just writing those numbers makes me second guess myself, but the facts are all there, as reported by TechCrunch.

Now, we could talk about how Kik is likely in violation of Apple’s Terms of Service, or we could talk about how Apple is likely overlooking Kik’s violations because it wants to utterly destroy whatever feeble shambles of BlackBerry that still remain, but instead I’d like to discuss why I am a proud Kikster.

I downloaded Kik at the encouragement of many PR students at Boston University. Rapidly I was sucked in. Here are some reasons why it’s better than good.

One: It finds your friends for you. And your friends’ friends. In fact, it’s almost creepy how well it knows who you know (did I mention it likely violates Apple’s Terms of Service?).

Two: It’s lightning fast. This is one of those things that I don’t have numbers on, but you just have to see it to believe it. Try Kik-ing with someone in the same room and see how jaw-droppingly fast the messages are delivered.

Three: Believe it or not, not everyone in the world has unlimited texting. Many people still pay expensive fees when they go over their monthly alloted number of texts. Kikster is free and to my knowledge allows unlimited messages.

What are your thoughts on Kik? Have you tried it? Will you try it? Can we Kik it sometime?

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5 Responses to “Can I Kik It?”
  1. Jenna says:

    Zach –

    This is a great post! I was a little skeptical to join Kik when I first started seeing the buzz on Twitter because I’m not a huge fan of 3rd party messaging apps but I’m glad that I did! First of all, it’s not evey day someone develops an app that’s Blackberry compatible (yay!) and second I’m finding Kik to be more than just a faster way to text people but also an exstention of my social media experience.

    Speaking of which … why haven’t you kiked me yet?! (JGlynn)

  2. Zach Cole says:

    Thanks Jenna! Much appreciated. I’ll kik you as soon as I can, but I need to be able to get onto Kik once again. It was acting buggy for me this morning :/

  3. I use Kik with a friend who lives overseas and it is perfect. I had no idea they were growing so fast, but that makes sense given their cross-platform superiority. Hopefully they’ll add some features in the future, like voice notes or photo sharing.

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