A main attraction of Kik that differentiates it from other messaging apps is its anonymity.To register for the Kik service, a user must enter a first and last name, e-mail address, and birth date (which, as of February 2016, must show that the user is at least 13 years old As of February 2016, Kik's guide for law enforcement said that the company cannot locate user accounts based on first and last name, e-mail address and/or birth date; the exact username is required to locate a particular account.On August 16, 2015, Kik received a million investment from Chinese Internet giant Tencent, the parent company of the popular Chinese messaging service We Chat.
As CNET reported from F8, “Marcus said the idea behind all the new features is that Messenger is kind of like a social living room, where you hang out, play games, eat and talk to friends.“…I am always reminded of how small changes in the details of a digital design have profound unforeseen effects on the experiences of humans who are playing with it…It is impossible to work with information technology without also engaging in social engineering.” -Jaron Lanier  After a relatively quiet and unmourned death, the chatroom as a social space recently returned in the form of Omegle and Chatroulette.Match is launching the “first dating bot” for Facebook Messenger in the UK – named Lara — which follows on its singles cafe pop-up in London earlier this year.Always looking for ways to innovate and create love connection, the chatbot is programmed to help those looking for a partner create a profile on the dating site (and make love connections) without leaving Facebook’s walls.Instead, today in the electric age as foretold by Marshall Mc Luhan, we mostly get lost in one another’s information because “electrically contracted, the globe is no more than a village” in which we are “eager to have things and people declare their beings totally.” But it is clear that this “declaration of being” may be less about a deep faith in the “ultimate harmony of all being,” and something closer to narcissism, voyeurism, and/or the most blatant example of the commoditization of one’s own identity.
It is accepted practice that we are to monitor our daily digital interactions as if our life depended on it, and indeed, often it does.
Facebook introduced chatbots to Messenger last year, starting with retailers, restaurant chains and service providers, greasing the skids for them to sell products to customers.
Facebook’s API is open-source so anyone can create a chatbot for their platform and Facebook has updated the service to use less text speak and more clickable menus.
A new bot built by Microsoft employees in their spare time is designed to do exactly the opposite.
The chatbot, tested recently in Seattle, Atlanta, and Washington, lurks behind fake online ads for sex posted by nonprofits working to combat human trafficking, and responds to text messages sent to the number listed.
The technology is not a product of Microsoft itself.