Waterloo's Kik Messenger rings in the New Year with its three millionth user

It's a good start to the new year for Kik Messenger. The cross-platform instant messaging app has earned its three millionth user. 

Although Kik was given the boot from RIM's BlackBerry App World due to a violation of contract, the startup is still seeing growth of 10,000 users per day through Androids and iPhones.

Kik is free and, being new, still constantly upgrading its functionality. It also says a Windows 7 Phone version will be out soon. This all means that growth will probably remain steady through the year, as it offers a BBM-like service to all the smartphones without such a handy feature. And given that these three million users have come in a short time - since October 21 of last year - Kik's user base could easily double, if not triple, by the end of 2011.

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Company:
Kik Interactive, Inc.
Location:
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Kik was founded in 2009, when a small but incredibly passionate group of University of Waterloo students decided to build a company that would shift the center of computing from the PC to the smartphone. Fast forward to today, and Kik has become the best way to connect with friends, no matter where you meet them. And unlike other messengers, Kik uses usernames - not phone numbers - as the basis... more


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Knowlton Thomas

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Knowlton is the managing editor of Techvibes. Based in Vancouver, Knowlton has been published in national publications and has also appeared on television and radio. Previously he was an editor for New Westminster weekly The Other Press and served on its board of directors. When not working, Knowlton enjoys hiking, tennis, and martial arts. more




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