When you are looking for new friends to chat with on Kik Messenger, or want a quick way to let all the friends in your contact list to know you’re looking to chat, can you think of one word that will get that message across to dozens if not thousands of Kik members all at once? All you need to say is, “Kikme,” and it won’t be long until you’re kikking back and forth with as many old or new friends as you can handle.
Why We Love Kik Messenger
Kik Messenger is a wildly popular social chat app. Most in this network of users are young people, about 70% less than 24 years old. They’re a socially active group, with about half logging onto the network every day to chat with friends and make new friends. And the Kik network is growing, with about 250,000 people downloading the app every single day.
Making New Friends on Kik
With so many people using Kik Messenger as their primary texting app, making new friends is easy. In fact, the app is designed to make finding new friends as easy as it can be. Just share a user name and start chatting. Help people find you by adding the Kikme keyword to your post.
From the other side of that exchange, you can search for the Kikme tag in almost every form of social media, including Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, Twitter, and others, and almost always turn up plenty of results leading you to people much like you looking to chat with a new friend. Plus, there are many Kik Friend Finder sites out there helping people find one another on the Kik Messenger network.
Kik Protects Your Identity
“If we don’t act now to safeguard our privacy, we could all become victims of identity theft.”- Bill Nelson
Kik Messenger is also designed to make finding new friends safe. Unlike other social chat apps, Kik Messenger does not use your mobile phone number or your social media profile to identify you to other users. When you sign up with Kik, you choose an anonymous user name that is permanent and then a display name that you can change whenever you want. That is all a new Kik friend sees – no phone number, e-mail address, or social media name is available to them.
Your Part in Online Safety
You still have your part to do in preserving your online safety. You must never give out your real name, address, city and state, phone number, school, work, birth date, e-mail address, or any other identifying information to a stranger online. No matter how well you hit it off, how much you seem to have in common, or how sad and pity-worthy the person on the other end of the chat may sound, you guard your identity.
If you are going to launch out into some of the more aggressive methods of finding new friends for chat, you always want to be sure that your display name on Kik Messenger is not showing your real first and last name.
Using Pics and Video for “Reassurance”
It is always a good idea to use the photo and video features in Kik Messenger for a quick reassurance that the person you meet online is, at a minimum, the age and gender they claim to be. You can do this by exchanging an instant picture or video clip. Just be careful about accepting someone’s word on it.
There are several “fake camera” apps available that people use to make a stored photo appear as if it was just taken when sent to you on Kik Messenger and other social chat apps. Some “modded kiks” also have this feature.
Fake camera apps let someone store a photo in the gallery on their phone yet send it to you with date and time stamps that make it look instant and fresh. Sometimes a person will do this because they’re having a bad hair day, but once in a while it’s not so innocent. It could be a much older person wanting to chat with you, so they upload a pic of someone in their late teens and tell you it’s them. That is deceptive and you must be one step ahead of them.
This is why, when you meet someone new and agree to exchange instant photos as proof of who you are, you both should insist on a video clip and prescribe what the other person will be doing in the video. This will prove that the video was just taken more than any date and time step ever could.
For example, you might tell her to say your user name three times while blinking with both eyes as she says it. In return, she might ask that you say her user name three times with one eye closed and the other open. Be sure to change it up a little with new each person you meet.
What Is a Kik?
Now that we’ve reviewed the necessary best practices in online safety, we can get into what Kikme is all about.
First of all, a kik can be one of three things:
- The Kik Messenger app itself, as in when someone asks, “Are you on Kik?”
- Your user name on Kik, as in “drop your kik” that is often found in an online invitation to a Kik Party;
- A message sent on Kik Messenger, as in, “Send me a kik,” or,
- The act of sending a message on Kik, as in “Kikme.”
A few phrases have caught on among Kik members, creating a kind of social lingo all its own When you want to invite someone to send you a kik, the quickest way to get that across is with a simple, “Kikme.”
Kikme is a universal term among Kik Messenger users that lets someone know you are looking to chat. It is often used as a hash tag, #kikme, and sometimes combined with other hash tags, like #kikboys or #kikgirls, depending on who you to kik you. However you use it, alone or in combination with other Kik keywords and lingo, the term Kikme is almost guaranteed to become your gateway to new friends and fun chat.
Message Your Friends
You might want to start your Kikme search for a chat partner with a quick “kikme” to a few people already on your contacts list in Kik Messenger. Who knows how many of them are sitting around, just as bored as you, hoping someone will send them a kik? Just send out a kik with that one word and see how many responses you get.
If that doesn’t get you anywhere, try posting to your social media friends on Facebook or Twitter. When you do that, though, you really have to be careful. On Facebook, you can mark your post so that only friends or friends of friends can see it, and I suggest doing just that. Call me over-cautious, I don’t mind.
On Twitter, however, just about anyone on the face of the earth can find any post with a hash tag search. Be sure your post makes clear the kind of chat you’re looking to find with clarifying hash tags like, #cleanchat with your age in the post, and be prepared to disconnect with anyone who violates that tag or makes you uncomfortable in any way. Also remember in a situation like that, “block” is your friend.
When you post a “kikme” to social media, it is up to you to decide how you want people to respond. A lot of people go ahead and post their Kik Messenger user name so that total strangers can contact them without even a Twitter or Facebook nick between them.
That’s one way to do it, or you can ask people to first contact you in a return post on the site if they want to chat. Then, it’s up to you to decide who kiks whom first, but you at least have their Twitter or Facebook nick, just as they have yours from your Kikme post there.
One of the original and more responsible Kik Friend Finders is the KikPals page at Reddit. To post a kikme thread at KikPals, you have to be a member at Reddit. Once registered, you are free to post in accordance with the page rules, which you will find clearly listed in the right side bar on the page.
The first rule listed in the biggest type of any is that no member is permitted to post their Kik in a post within the thread. Contact has to be made through private messages in order to exchange user names. That way, at the very least, there is a small bit of accountability and identification should something go splat since Reddit has attached an email identity to each person at registration. It’s a really good idea.
You will find other Kik Friend Finders that do not require any prior contact before user names are made available to anyone and everyone visiting the site. Most of these Kik Friend Finder sites require registration at the site before you are able to put up your listing with “Kikme” and whatever other information you want to use to describe the kind of chat you want to have with a new Kik friend, but then your user name is listed for public view.
Again, always be safe when meeting someone new online. Most people we meet on Kik Messenger are honestly looking for a new friend for chat, just like us; there are, however, a few that are looking for someone to exploit in some way. We keep up our guard at first so that we can avoid becoming entangled with that kind of person by not sharing any information that can identify us too much, like a real name or location, or our birth date, phone number, or work and school.
Making new friends on Kik Messenger is a lot of fun. Really, it is! You can strike up a chat with someone on the other side of town, the other side of the country, and once in a while from way across a vast ocean. The Kikme keyword is a part of online Kik lingo that lets you reach out to new friends or find people reaching out to you. Most people are just like us, looking for a fun chat with a new friend, but there are a small few with unsavory intent. Just be safe at first, taking it slow and guarding your privacy. Thanks for reading!