Kik let us know that their free Kik Messenger cross platform instant messenger service has really taken off. Since they launched the new version on October 21st the app now has over 450,000 users. Its biggest day was Monday when they had 150,000 new subscribers in one day and grown exponentially from the 30,000 users they had a little over a week ago. Those are some pretty impressive stats and just go to show that users want cross platform messenger service focused on mobile.
The Kik messenger service is VERY similar to BlackBerry Messenger but adds cross platform compatibility. I also learned from VentureBeat that Kik CEO Ted Livingston used to work on strategy at RIM’s BlackBerry messenger unit two years ago. Their press release does not mention that but they do confirm that it was started in January 2009 by a team of students at the University of Waterloo by “veterans of mobile and software technologies, and mobile computing software strategy.”
Kik also mentioned that they will be branching out into music, pictures, and video sharing soon. Kik has come a long way since their launch back when they were called Unsynched. You can check it out for yourself at www.kik.com or download the app at www.kik.com/m