What is “Kikme”? Kik Messenger is so popular with teenagers that its users have even developed their own slang. Sometimes it can be slightly challenging to know exactly what a seasoned Kik Messenger user is referring to. However, the lingo they sometimes use is not a type of slang to alienate those who may be less familiar with it, but is there as a shortcut to actually facilitate communication between Kik Messenger users. For example, for quite some time now, Kik Messenger users have started to use Kik as a verb. This is similar to what happened to Google; initially people used Google to search on the Internet, now they just “google” things. So, this is what has happened to Kik Messenger, users do not just chat they now kik one another. So, someone says to you: kikme, now you know what they mean.
If you are looking for other Kik users on social media, nothing works better than to tweet or post the word kikme. Kik users will understand what you mean and soon you will be chatting (or kikking) with more people that you could shake a stick at.
Is Kik Messenger Really That Popular?
“Messaging is such an integral part of our lives”- Kim Kardashian
Yes, but not only that. Kik Messenger keeps growing everyday. It is estimated that around 250,000 people download the Kik Messenger app in their smart phone or mobile device everyday! This means that even if you have used Kik Messenger for a while now, you will always be able to find new people to chat with.
We said in the introduction that Kik Messenger is really popular with teenagers and that is true. It is estimated that around 70% of Kik Messenger users is less than 24 years old. Some figures talk about 40 % of teenagers in the United States using Kik Messenger. This is great news because that demographic is extremely active online. It is also estimated that about half of the millions of people (it is estimated that there are about 240 million Kik Messenger users) who use Kik Messenger log in everyday.
Kik Messenger is hugely popular in the United States but also around the world as the instant messaging app can boast to have members in 230 different countries.
How Can I Get Someone to Kikme?
Some people new to the Kik Messenger app may struggle to make new friends. If you use the address book matching facility on the app’s settings it is easy enough to connect with your current contacts on Kik Messenger. However, many people join Kik Messenger with the intention of finding new people to chat with and to make new friends. It may be a little bit discouraging if you end up chatting with the same people you already know and nobody else.
What might surprise those people is that making new friends on Kik Messenger is extremely easy. In fact, the app was designed with that very purpose in mind. So, it is really your choice. You can either just to people you already know from else where or be open to find new friends.
There are several ways in which you can get people to Kik you:
- On your settings, you can choose to share your user name. This will make it easier for new potential friends to find you and chat to you, as your user name will be shared across different social media. If you add the keyword “kikme”, you will be making it even easier for others to find you and you will be encouraging them to contact you on Kik Messenger.
- The second option also involves social media. If you want to take a less passive approach to Kik Messenger, you may decide to go on the hunt, as it were, of other Kik Messenger users (i.e., instead of waiting for them to contact you, you can search for friends yourself). This is easier than it sounds. All you will have to do is to head over to social media sites and search for the “kikme” hash tag. Many people use that hash tag to find people to talk to on Kik Messenger. The most popular social media sites for this are Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, and Facebook, but you may find people on other social media sites too.
- Finally, there are other third party sites (i.e., sites not supported by Kik Messenger), where Kik users post their user names and profiles to attract new friends. If you are interested in using any of those sites, just search from “kik friends”, “kik guys”, or “kik girls”, etc. depending on what you are after. Be warned, however, that some (by no means all) of the users posting their details on those sites are often interested in graphic chats of an adult nature.
Are Your Worried About Protecting Your Identity and Privacy?
Worrying about protecting your identity and privacy on Kik Messenger (and elsewhere online) is a more than valid concern. Particularly, when you would be chatting (or seeking to chat) with strangers. The first thing to know is that the Kik Messenger app is safe and that protecting its users’ identity and privacy is a top priority for Kik Interactive (the company behind Kik Messenger). In case you have not noticed Kik Messenger does not advertise their users’ telephone numbers or email address (or even make them public). The only way Kik Messenger users can find our one another is by using address book matching. And, even, then, their email addresses are kept secret. Users do not have access to other users’ email addresses. If you use address book matching (which is totally optional, anyway), your email address will not be shared. Instead, other users who use it will be able to find your user name as long as they already have your email address in their contacts, anyway. They may be able to guess who you are but the idea is that if you are using address book matching you will not mind that.
Whether you use address book matching or not, all other Kik Messenger users will ever see is your user name. They will never see your email address, your phone number, or your social media profile(s), even if you have used any of that information to register to the Kik Messenger app. That information is securely stored by Kik Messenger and never shared.
As a Kik Messenger user, however, you should not leave everything to do with your online privacy and safety to the app. You should take certain precautions or measures yourself too. For example, never give out personal information about yourself online, including the following:
- Your real name (not even your first name).
- Your personal address.
- The name of your city.
- The name of your state or province.
- Your telephone number.
- The name of your school or place of work.
- Your email address (or addresses).
- Your birthday.
Or give out any other personal information that may help a stranger to identify you and, possibly, track you down in real life. Even if you have been talking to the same person for a while and there seems to be a good rapport between you guys, unless you already know that person in real life, do not reveal any piece of personal information. There is no turning back once you have revealed your identity. If someone is too insistent and keeps asking you for personal information to the point of making you uncomfortable, you can block them easily so they will not bother you again.
You will need to extra careful if you go ahead and ask people to kik you on social media. Be sure to have the right privacy settings on your profile and be careful that you do not use your real name (first and/or last) as this would mean that the new people you could find to chat with would know your identity straight away.
Is Everyone On Kik Messenger Genuine?
Unfortunately, not everyone is genuine on Kik Messenger. That’s the short answer. You should be able to find plenty of genuine and fun people to talk to on Kik but you should be aware that some Kik Messenger users are not even actual people. Unfortunately, some users are bots trying to scam you. Also, some users may be people but actually not who they think they are in terms of gender, or age, for example.
Some users use pictures or video to check if they are chatting with someone who is who he or she claims to be. This is generally a good method except for the fact that some modified Kik apps come with a fake camera feature that allows users to pass old photos or videos of other people seem as if they had just been taken. So always be on the watch out and do not even trust video or photo evidence until you can make sure it is them. You could ask them to do something very specific, weird or, at least, unusual on their video (or several videos to be even more sure).
“Kikme” is the best and quickest way of finding new people to chat to on Kik Messenger. There are just a few things you would need to be aware of before you go around asking people to kik you. We hope you will find this article useful and that we have somehow contributing to a safer and more fun usage of the Kik Messenger app.