But then Black Berry owner Research In Motion, Kik founder Ted Livingston’s former place of employ, blocked the app from its app store and sued Kik for patent infringement.
According to Distimo, over the last month Kik was downloaded more times in the US than Whats App (but fewer times than the just-launched Black Berry messaging app, and fewer times than Snapchat).
Kik's App Store rankings over the past year, via App Annie.
These apps are growing at a rate not seen since the early days of social networking in the mid-2000s, when Cyworld, Mixi, Friendster, Bebo, Orkut, My Space, and Facebook jostled to create the world’s biggest social graph, a web of connections that personalized the Internet.
We Chat, not yet three years old, has more than 270 million active users. Line and Kakao Talk count their users by registered accounts.
If you search for the #Kik hashtag on Instagram, you can find more than 18 million posts.