The invention of the smartphone combined numerous technologies into one super device. Much like the smartphone, Kik has introduced a new chat room system that will allow users to directly connect to various websites, companies, and retailers. The new system will implement bots into the app that will be responsible for providing users with immediate information.
What is a bot? Basically, a bot replaces an actual person with a computer. Bots are automated computer programs that process your requests and turn them into answers. Instead of leaving Kik to access a separate app, users will simply chat the desired bot, and the bot will reply with the appropriate information. Kik users can access each bot through the bot shop; the chat room categories range from news, entertainment, games, and lifestyle.
Although the bot shop offers numerous different chat rooms, here are a few of the best bots offered by Kik.
Imagine you are messaging your friends on Kik, planning out the events for the day. Instead of leaving the chat to access a separate Weather Channel app, users can now chat the Weather Channel bot to receive weather updates. In addition to receiving weather updates for that particular time of the day, users can also request a five-day and seven day forecast.
Calling a cab will be quick and easy by using the Slack bot via Kik. Request a single ride from Lyft or set up an automated pickup by utilizing the bot’s functionality.
Job searching streamlined; make an instant connection with prospective employers, or get a listing of job openings specific to your search criteria. Instead of completing dozens of online searches for open jobs, users can just chat the Wirkin bot to access the information they need – all without leaving the app.
Venture over to the Lifestyle category to gain access to a personal, virtual shopper with the H&M bot. Users can get advice on outfits, share ideas with their friends, and even get outfits put together specifically for them.
The Sephora bot provides users with an endless supply of tools within the beauty realm. Watch makeup tutorials and share the videos with friends in the chat room. Users can ask about various makeup products and get reviews on what they are looking for. Whether users are searching for hair products, makeup products, or even hair products, acquire direct access to the beauty retailer.
Chat rooms Using Hashtags
In addition to bots, Kik also has chat rooms dedicated to different fan bases, universities, and events such as concerts. These chat rooms are searchable by hashtags, and once created, you can add up to 50 people. To reach a broad range of people, you can keep the hashtag very generic. However, if you would like to keep the chat room more private and personal to your group the hashtag can be very specific. The following are some instances in which chat rooms can alleviate some hassles of social networking and chatting in general.
Starting your first year of college? The first few weeks can be incredibly daunting, stressful, and difficult while you are trying to meet new people and find your niche. Take advantage of the Kik chat rooms, and create a hashtag particularly for freshman to join. Start connecting and socializing via Kik to break the ice and start making new friends. Already have your group of friends? Create chat rooms for any event: study sessions, parties, or even sporting games. Not only will you be able to chat amongst the entire group, but also everyone will be able to share pictures and videos within the chat room. Additional possibilities for college and university chat rooms can involve alumnae, fraternities or sororities, and even chat rooms specific for classes. Take advantage of the endless opportunities for socializing and connecting with Kik chat rooms.
Weddings are typically big and involved events with several mini celebrations leading up to the big day. You have bachelor and bachelorette parties, bridal showers, rehearsal dinners, and photo shoots. Throughout all of these events, you need to keep all of your bridal party, and guests, updated on details. Instead of individually contacting each person, or dealing with multiple group text messages, create a wedding hashtag to communicate with everyone at the same time. Additionally, all of the photos and videos taken throughout the celebrations can be shared amongst the entire wedding. Here is the chance to create a fun, creative hashtag for your wedding.
No matter where you are sports will always be prevalent. Each fan base lives and breathes their team. Using Kik chat rooms, join fan groups of any team or sport to swap stats, game updates, and even highlights clips. Coordinate your fantasy sport leagues by including all of your participants in a single chat. When March Madness comes around, create a chat room for bracket comparison. Connect with other passionate fans, learn about upcoming meet and greets with athletes, or just simply talk about sports. The possibilities are endless with Kik chat rooms.
Concerts and Large Events
Attending any event with a group of friends poses a plethora of challenges. Communication is key, and amongst large groups of people service can be spotty. Instead of texting individual friends, create a hashtag for the show to keep track of everyone. Receive updates on who is attending, where each person is sitting, and how to get in contact. After the show is over, use the chat room to share photos and videos from the event. Create the hashtag using the band name or event name to start chatting.
Activity Groups and Clubs
Running clubs, sports clubs, book clubs, study groups, trivia nights…. Gather a group of people, and create a chat room for your particular hobby. Organize a new club amongst your neighbors; create the hashtag and invite others to join in. Once you’ve established a group, planning and coordinating weekly meetings or events will be simple. Running clubs can plan routes and paces. Turn a chat room into a virtual book club. Create your book club hashtag, and start discussing what you have read, or what you would like to read. Depending on what your group is about you can share articles, photos, videos, and more.
Now that you understand a little more about Kik’s bot shop and chat rooms, here are a few tips to help create a better chatting experience:
It turns out; emojis are the most popular way of chatting amongst Kik messenger users. They add a fun and creative touch to any conversation. The addition of a smiley face to your chat is the perfect way to reach out to your network.
Take the concept of emojis and go a step further by exchanging GIFs in your chat. To access the wide variety of GIFS, tap the + icon located to the left of your chat. Next, tap GIF to open up the library. Browse through the available GIFs, and once you find one the fits your needs, simply tap the GIF and hit send! Using GIFs adds another element to your conversation.
Play a Game
Initially, this may sound trivial. However, playing a game like twenty questions acts like an icebreaker for a new social connection. A game provides a very laidback technique to get to know the person you’re chatting with. Additionally, a game like twenty questions provides the perfect opportunity to utilize bot shops! Forward newly learned information, send over videos and songs, or even share your favorite bots. Other games available include tic-tac-toe, would you rather, and never have I ever. Also, you can use emoji combinations to have friends guess movies, sayings, books, etc.
Remember, the most important part of chatting is safety. Kik has endless ways to connect with an endless number of people. It goes without saying that you do not always know who you are talking to in a chat room. Make sure you are comfortable in the conversation. If, at any time, you feel uncomfortable Kik allows you to block that user directly in the chat. Never give out your personal information, and if necessary, you can report any type of activity to the Kik support team. They will immediately address the issue.
Kik is revolutionizing the way we socialize, network, and utilize mobile technology. Prior to Kik, users would need to download individual apps for each and every functionality needed: weather, news, sports, etc. In order to have conversations, share photos, and make plans users would have to exit current apps and navigate to other apps. Now, Kik enables users to complete every task within one app. Not only can you chat with friends, but you can check the weather, browse for outfits, and order a cab, all within the same app. Bots provide answers to any information you seek and chat rooms connects you to any event, fan base, or group with a simple hashtag. Most importantly, Kik is continually uncovering new ways to incorporate bots and chat rooms into the app. Start taking advantage of these tools, and forge a greater connection between you and your network.