"The problem I have with Kik in particular is the ability for strangers to reach out to strangers," said Det.-Sgt.
Paul Krawczyk of the Toronto Police Service's child exploitation unit.
Chat is the perfect for place for chatting after school, on a break from studying or just life.
You can talk about whatever is on your mind, or join the group converation.
Within minutes of downloading Kik, a popular messaging app, 13-year-old Alicia started getting random texts from strangers wanting to know about her sexual fantasies.
"I'm 29 and I want to be your boyfriend," read one of the first messages appearing on the smartphone.
Seldom mentioned among this clutch of frontrunners, however, is the app that I think could be the dark horse of the Internet – a potential bolter that has built a deep and defensible moat around its product, and one that has zagged when all others have zigged. If you believe in the messaging revolution and that messaging is the killer app for mobile, then Kik has to be on your radar.
On a high percentage of instagram posts you see phrases such as, "Kik me at..." Therefore, if your instagram page is open or you've accepted hundreds of followers, they will now also know your user name on Kik.
It is a dangerous way to invite strangers into your life and there is no way for parents to monitor Kik messages or group chats.
(Okay, so in that orgy of mixed metaphors we’ve got horses building moats while running from side to side. ) This app, while it faces very real challenges, has locked down key advantages in its technology and it is starting to deliver the kinds of numbers that, if they were emanating from Silicon Valley, would be the chatter of the venture capital community, if they could only shut up about Snapchat for five minutes. If you believe in good design and a young userbase, then Kik should be near the top of your list of chat apps to pay attention to.
Having said that messaging is the killer app on mobile, it may sound like contradiction to say that messaging is also a commodity, but that, too, is true.