As much as we all enjoy texting and chatting with our friends and family, we cannot do so unless we have a way to reach them. When you become a part of the Kik Messenger network, adding people you know to your chat list is the first step in exploring this exiting next-generation social medium. The most accurate way to do this is by using Kik Messenger address book matching.
Kik Messenger is a popular chat app that’s taking the social networking world by storm. The simple user interface makes using all its features a breeze. Friends can get together in group chats or find a group of new friends by searching for Kik groups of users with common interests, work, and hobbies. You can snap a pic and send it to your friend in a text. Same with a video – get it and share it immediately.
People love Kik Messenger because the user experience keeps getting better and better. It has become more than a chat app, developing into a stand-alone social media network. Just last month, Kik launched its Bot Shop. You can ask a bot about fashion or the weather. Kik has game bots, too. Launch Tickers the Bot into a chat with a friend and the two of you can play tic-tac-toe. Hit up Zombie Invasion Bot to see how long you’d last in a zombie apocalypse. The Bot Shop is totally free to all Kik Messenger users.
Kik Messenger lends itself well to blending with other social apps. You will find Kik groups and Kik parties all over sites like Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Tumblr. Look for hash tags like #kik, #kikgroup, #kikme, #kikparty, and more to link up quickly on Kik Messenger. Invite someone to your Kik group or Kik party by posting your unique Kik Code for them to scan. See another’s Kik Code and if it sounds interesting, scan it and you’re there.
Get Kik Messenger
Why keep missing out on this sensation? Getting Kik Messenger on your smartphone or tablet is easy. The app is totally free to download and use. There is no cost at all, ever. Since Kik has no limits, there can be no overage.
Kik Messenger has versions for all mobile environments. You can even use it at home on your PC or Mac. Setting up an account is private and secure. It requires no more than a username, first and last name, birthday, and working e-mail address. Kik does not require you to verify the e-mail, and no one on the network ever sees your e-mail address, first and last name, or any optional phone information you provide.
To download the Kik Messenger app, go to an authorized app shop like Google Play Store, the App Store, Amazon App Store, or Windows Phone Store. These are the four download sources that Kik maintains with the latest version of the app. Other download sites might not be up-to-date, and you want to have the best experience possible, which is always the latest version of Kik.
Address Book Matching
Kik Messenger helps you add people to your contact list in several ways. You can send invitations by e-mail, post an invite on Facebook, or search by user name on the Kik Messenger network if you know theirs. One of the fastest and most accurate ways to add existing friends and family to your new Kik chat list is the address book matching tool.
Why is the contact list on your phone called an address “book”?
Your phone’s contact list is also known as an address book because that is the term users found most familiar when computing took off in the 1980s. Everyone knew what an address book was, so it made sense to use the term, “address book” to identify that list of names, addresses, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses users would keep in popular e-mail clients like Outlook.
The address book was familiar to everyone because every family and person had one in some shape or form, from a bound book to a plastic flip open contraption to a few pages stapled together and moved to the new phone book when it arrived each year. For many, many years a nicely bound address book was a welcome gift at weddings, graduations, or milestone birthdays.
The family address book was a major piece of family history, showing people who had come in and gone out of their lives over the years. This is because you did not simply edit or delete a person from these address books. You crossed out and wrote over, maybe made a new entry when that one was too crossed over to read, leaving a record of people and places to be read by generations to come. This is why many address books become cherished family heirlooms. You will find some in museums, while others can fetch a fair price at auctions. Right now, you can buy Sammy Davis Jr.’s handwritten address book on Ebay. Some address books are legendary, like Marilyn Monroe’s little black book.
Will Kenney, writing for Minnesota Public Radio (MPR), writes in Address book is a family history, bound by tradition, of the day he and his wife decided to replace an address book used since they were newlyweds 40 years ago. If you have no memory of a physical address book and want to understand how it worked or what it meant to people, that article is a must-read.
Using Kik Messenger Address Book Matching
When you first download and sign up with Kik Messenger, you may not be ready to accept its offer to search for friends on Kik using your address book when the opportunity comes up during registration. You may want to take time to get to know Kik’s features. Maybe you received an invitation from a friend to join Kik, so you will get used to the user interface while chatting with just this one friend at first.
Once you have exchanged a few kiks with the friend who invited you—maybe trying out the Smiley Shop, making a meme or two, playing a few rounds of tic-tac-toe, and sharing the selfie you snapped for your profile pic – you will likely want to use Kik Messenger to text with all of your friends. You will want to share this fantastic chat app with all of your friends, just like your first Kik friend did with you (be sure to thank them).
You’re going to send invitations to all your friends with an email, and you’re going to post to Facebook and Instagram, but what if you already have friends using Kik but you just don’t know it? You can add them right away if you know the secret.
Well, it’s no big secret, really, but a lot of people still do not know that the fastest way to search for friends who are already using Kik Messenger is to use address book matching. Here’s how easy it is:
- Go to your main chats list.
- Click on the Talk To icon at the top (iPhone) or bottom (Android) right on your screen.
- Choose Find People.
- Select Use Phone Contacts.
- iPhone users, enter your phone number (Android users, skip to the next step).
- Press to Find Friends.
Now, go back to your main chats list. Every contact Kik Messenger has found for you will appear as a new chat. To add them, click and send the message to each one.
If you are using an older version of Kik Messenger on a Windows, Blackberry, or Symbian device, the process is done through Settings. The steps on your device are:
- Click the Settings icon at the top of your screen.
- Go to Privacy settings.
- Tap on Address Book Matching.
- Say Yes to the popup.
- Type in your phone number.
Your new Kik contacts show up the same as above, and you add them the same way.
Keep Your Kik Address Book Current
It is a good idea to run address book matching in Kik Messenger on a regular basis. Checking it once a month would be good; once a week would be better. That will make sure that you can add any of the contacts in your phone address book to your Kik chat list as soon as they join Kik Messenger. You might be able to help them find all the features and tools on Kik, helping them get up to speed faster, but it’s just so much more fun to chat on Kik. That alone is reason enough.
Also, be sure to run Kik Messenger’s address book matching whenever you add someone new to your phone contacts. They might be using Kik Messenger, too, and the more friends on board, the better all around.
Just like the well-worn and heavily-edited pen and paper address books of the past, your Kik Messenger address is only as up-to-date as you keep it. Running Kik Messenger address book matching will help keep it current so that you and your friends have the best Kik experience you possibly can.