You’ll see a new page announcing the introduction of public groups, which warn users to keep things PG-13 in the app. The main display for public chats shows popular searches with a hashtag in front of the group, along with the option to easily search through online groups.
Not surprisingly, plenty of the groups are based on popular media: , Justin Bieber, Marvel, and DC all rank among the top searches online.
While apps based on IRC allow you to input a server hash to find a community, Kik groups have specific founders and users, and are typically private until you’re added to a group.
Or at least they did, though a recent update finally changed how Kik’s group service worked in the app.
Chat rooms on Kik function like online-based group chats, which means they can disappear if the founder of the group chat disbands the organized version of the chat.
This means that it’s important to find communities that are built to last, as well as using constantly updated sources of Kik rooms online.
Even social network apps like Twitter have a built-in chat interface, and dating apps like Tinder allow you to meet and chat with potential romantic partners.
It seems like there’s no shortage of ways to communicate with your phone, but what if you want to meet new people with similar interests?
Kik can be a great app, but you should know what you’re getting into before you dive into the service’s chat rooms.
Let’s take a look at Kik as a messenger application and how you can find chat rooms online.
Formally, it was nearly impossible to find group chats within Kik itself, since the app developers had removed the ability to search for public groups through the app.
While this used to mean users were forced to use Kik codes to join groups, public groups were added back since we originally published our guide to finding communities online.
A large portion of Kik’s own users are teenagers—in fact, over 40 percent of teenagers in the United States were on the service as of May 2016, which is a huge portion of that 300 million-large user base.