KIK messenger is a messaging application which can be used on a smartphone and is available on all operation systems such as Android, iOS, and windows. KIK messenger is a product of a Canadian based company by the name of KIK interactive. KIK interactive was formed in 2009 by a group of students from the University Of Waterloo, Canada with the aim of creating new technologies for the smartphone. KIK messenger is the first app of the company and it was released in 2010. The app had around one million registered users at the end of 15 days; twitter being responsible for catapulting the app to fame.
The single most astounding feature the app offers is the ability to stay anonymous. Users have to furnish their first name and last name; date of birth (which as of February 2016 requires the user to be at least 113 years of age); email-address. The information provided by the user is not verified which means the users are allowed to give wrong details about themselves. Users have the option of entering a phone number but it is not compulsory. Most messaging apps mandatorily require you to enter a functioning phone number.
The KIK’s anonymity feature is the most alluring feature. This feature raises serious security concerns as the users are not able to identify who they are talking to. Moreover, there’s no sort of parental restrictions provided by the app; the parents are not informed remotely if their child sends a message from their phone. The only was a parent can view is by logging into the account on her child’s phone. The app has been heavily involved in controversies with major ones being child exploitation. There is no method to verify a child’s age as anybody can fake their birth date. Parents are urged to supervise their children’s activities and exercise more restraint.
Since the app provides anonymity to users, it can be quite difficult to add people as you have to remember each and every username. There’s no problem if you are looking to chat with like-minded people and make new friends. There a bunch of websites that provide you with kikbase.com – kik usernames; you can add and befriend these people. These websites, in turn, require you to register with them and ask you to provide you age for safety reasons. This way you can find local people and also others from around the world. You can even provide your username on these sites if you wish o be found. KIK is the fastest growing social media app and has a very promising future.