CNN Launched A New Bot On Kik Messenger

One of the things that set the Kik Messenger app apart from other instant messaging platforms is that it has bots. Some of Kik bots are a lot of fun while others are informative. The latest addition to the every-growing list of Kik bots is the CNN bot.


Bots are a fairly new development by Kik Messenger designed to enhance your chats and overall experience of using the app. But, what is exactly is a Kik bot? You can chat and interact with bots about different topics. There are bots for almost every possible interest or topic. Some bots are geared toward humor; others offer make up and other beauty tips; others give you weather forecasts in your area and around the world; some bots specialize in videos, whereas others offer you the latest GIFs; others are great for news. CNN, as we will explain later on in this article, is a great Kik bot for keeping up to date with what is going on in the world.

How Do You Get the CNN Bot And Other Kik Bots?

“But 17 years ago, I arrived at CNN with a suitcase, with my bicycle, and with about 100 dollars.”- Christiane Amanpour

If you are interested in interacting with the CNN bot or any Kik bots, you will need to head over to the Kik bot shop. In order to do so, you will just need to follow some very simple steps.

If you have an Android device or an older version of the Kik Messenger app installed in an iOS device (an iPhone or an iPod), follow these easy steps:

  1. Grab your Android or iOS smart phone or mobile device.
  2. Open the Kik Messenger app.
  3. Go to your main chats list.
  4. Tap on the search icon.
  5. Select find people from all the available options.
  6. Type in bot shop
  7. Once in the bot shop, find the CNN bot and/or any other bots you would like to interact with.

If you have the latest version of the Kik Messenger app installed in your iOS device (an iPhone or an iPod), follow these easy steps:

  1. Grab your iOS smart phone or mobile device.
  2. Open the Kik Messenger app.
  3. Go to your main chats list.
  4. Tap on the search icon.
  5. Type in bot shop.
  6. Once in the bot shop, find the CNN bot and/or any other bots you would like to interact with.

Alternatively, you can just go to the Kik bot shop online:

However you decide to get your Kik bots, the important thing is that you make sure that you get the official bot you are looking for and not some cheap imitation. To make this easier, Kik has implemented a system of bot verification. Do not worry if this sounds way too complicated. All you need to do in order to know if a bot is genuine is to check whether the bot account has a purple bolt. Just take a look at the bot’s profile; if the bot account real you will see a purple bolt located under the bot’s profile picture, to the bottom right of the picture. If you do not see the purple bolt, it means that the account is not the real one, so do not add it to your main chats list.



I’ve Found the CNN Bot, Now What?

Once you have the CNN bot, or any other bot you are interested with, all you will need to do is to mention it on your chats. To do so, just follow these simple steps:

  1. Grab your smart phone or mobile device.
  2. Open the Kik Messenger app.
  3. Go to your main chats list.
  4. Open the chat you would like to use (mention) the CNN bot in.
  5. Simple type @ and wait for the list of all the bots you can mention to display.
  6. Just tap on the name of the bot you would like to mention or, if you cannot find, type out the full user name of the bot.
  7. Once you have found the CNN bot (or any other relevant bot), just tap on send.

All bots are available for one-to-one individual chats and group chats alike. You can also be able to chat with any bots on a one-to-one basis. If you want to do that, just mention a bot that you are not yet chatting with and the bot will start chatting with you.

Although not all bots will allow this, with some of them you will be able to respond to a bot’s chats by tapping on the reply icon. There is really no fixed way of using Kik bots, you are free to mention Kik bots in chats with your friends or, the other way around, mention your friends in chats with Kik bots. Either way, you can enjoy everything Kik bots have to offer.


So, What Is So Special About The CNN Kik Bot?


The launch of the first 24 hours rolling news channel in the world was revolutionary. When Atlanta-based CNN (cable news network) was launched back in 1980, there was nothing like it anywhere in the world. Media mogul Ted Turner had a vision of what he wanted to achieve with the first satellite basic cable station devoted entirely to news. Years later he reflected upon it with the following words:

“Where would we be today if networks like CNN had not been there to capture ‘people power’ as the Berlin Wall and the Soviet Union collapsed? What about the real-time images of the 1991 Gulf War? And none of us can forget the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001”. Ted Turner.

Of course, Ted Turner is right but news or, rather, the way in which the news is delivered has changed massively since CNN was first launched. Satellite and basic cable news networks have mushroomed in the last 30 years in the United States (Fox News, MSNBC, etc.), or abroad (BBC News Channel, France 24, etc.) but also people now get their instant news over the Internet as much as they do from their TV (if not more often). Even the way people get news on the Internet has changed in the last decade or so, more or less since the advent of social media and the popularization of smart phones and other mobile devices.

Here is where Kik Messenger and this new CNN bot come in. CNN is making a real effort to stay relevant as a news media organization. The launch of the CNN Kik bot comes after the news network had launched a bot on competitor Facebook Messenger. With the launch of the CNN Kik bot, CNN has become on the first news organizations in the world to have this type of instant messaging service.

The CNN bot allows you to choose what news stories you would like to read. You will be able to choose either from top news stories to news stories ordered by topic. By choosing how you would like to read your news you will be “training” your bot to become “smarter”. Gradually, the CNN Kik bot will be learning what your preferences are so it will be able to work out what news stories you will be likely to be more interested to read about in the future. Whenever you like a news story you should tap save and when there is something you are not so interested in reading tap next, instead. That way you will be training the CNN Kik bot on your preferences.

Because Kik Messenger is so popular among teenagers, the CNN Kik bot is specifically geared toward this demographic. This has a clear effect on the stories you will find on this bot.

The CNN Kik bot is a great way of getting up to date with the news that affect you or that you are more interested in. Not only will you be able to read the news on the Kik Messenger app without abandoning your ongoing chats but also, you will be able to share any new stories with your Kik friends if you want to.

The CNN Kik bot may be no substitute to TV news or reading more in-depth stories on line or on paper formats, but it is an amazing way to be kept informed while on using the Kik Messenger app. If you come across any news story that interest you greatly using the CNN Kik bot and would like to know more about it, you can also use the in-built web browser to search for more information without leaving the Kik Messenger app. You can also, of course, turn the nearest TV on and tune into CNN. The point is that you will never again miss any news stories while you spend time chatting on your smart phone or compatible mobile device.

In this article we have discussed the recent launch of the CNN Kik bot. There are other exciting bots available that we will be discussing in future articles. Kik bots themselves are still relatively recent so we have also wanted to give you some information of what they are and how you would go about using them on the Kik Messenger app. We hope you enjoy using the CNN Kik bot!

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