Privacy Flaw, Sends SPAM, Shares Contact Info w/o Authorization
Kik has a serious privacy flaw. Kik ties in a person’s username with their email address. Kik then sorts through the person’s addressbook to find potential friends. This is considered a major privacy issue because a user may not want someone that is in their addressbook to know they have a Kik account–but they will because if they have your email address then they also have your Kik username without authorization or adding that person to your friends list. I understand the usefulness of finding other Kik users quite easily but there should be an ability to turn off the feature that searches for other Kik users in your addressbook.
There’s a reason why Blackberry Messenger allows its users to accept/reject another user before they are able to message them, and that it doesn’t just sift through the user’s address book looking for other potential BBM users.
I was a blackberry user for several years, and switched to android this summer when I got sick of waiting for os6 to come out on a touchscreen phone. In addition to the privacy concerns mentioned before me, I think bbm has the following advantages:
Being able to broadcast messages to large numbers of people, or start a group chat.
having a status message, availibity, and profile picture. Bbm marking me as busy when I had meetings on my calendar was huge.
Deep integration with the operating system. Selecting to share a picture, “send to bbm contact” was listed. Cool app in the market? “send to bbm contact.” Schedule a meeting with someone? Bbm was there.
better notifications, including custom sounds.
not being able to send photos is what hurts my experience with kik the most. And recently, I’ve been having problems with messages not being delivered. my last complaint is not being able to adjust the font, or style of the chat. Nowhere near as clean looking as bbm.
I definitely see what your saying thatsborpheus. I think Kik will work to add these features. It seems they are a bit overwhelmed with their rapid growth. But I know they do have plans of adding many of these features. I think that with the Android platform Kik can be integrated. Many of the things you mentioned are features that I have with other programs. Simple app sharing and send to contacts.
How do you like android compared to the blackberry OS though?
It’s hard for me to compare the performance of the operating systems when there is such a gap in the hardware. I went from a curve to the storm line, then got a droid x.
Because of the difference in amounts of RAM and processor speed, it isn’t fair to say my storm froze much more than my droid x does. However, I’m impressed with how the operating system loads apps into memory on spare cycles, reducing load times for non-core apps. It also increases battery life by reducing overall CPU cycles.
I was frustrated at first with the blackberry market’s size, but when I got my dx, I realized how much better the blackberry’s core apps were. BBM is superior to gtalk. The calendar was more intuitive, and integrated better with other OS components.
As much as I like the deep facebook integration that android has, it creates a lot more duplicate entries. And I really don’t want or need every single contact to be in my phone book.
The push APIs from blackberry are great. I’m dissappointed that I have to turn on email notifications in facebook, because gmail is pushed, and facebook checks every 30 minutes at its fastest.
I could go on and on, but the reason I chose android is the developers openness and commitment to improving the user experience.
No need to worry about contact backups. I’ve used it across platforms. You install the app on lets say Android and BB. You log in on BB and it searches your address book and adds folks. When you get on the Android, the list will be the same and it will log you out of Kik on the BB.
First of all, I can acclaim myself being a BB user who was once addicted to BBM. Well, I am still somewhat addicted haha. However, let’s get on with my point. I have been a tech nerd for the past year or so since I was doing a Web Development course. How does this necessarily tie into Tech / IM / OS talk with cell phones? Plentiful.
I have done my research on the iPhone, the Android, and of course the BlackBerry. Being an avid user of the BlackBerry, it succeeds in what it does;
1.) Be an excellent email client.
3.)Finally a browser that is well somewhat “decent” (welcome to the world of webkit browsers RIM…about bloody time.)
However, ever since the iPhone was released we saw the market share of RIM slowly get chipped away by Apple. The only reason why many users still use a BB is BBM. Ask your friends how many of them actually use a BB for what it was intended for. Emailing. I guarantee you that they’ll say “Yeah, I have my email associated with it…” but we all know the main reason is because they want to join “the crowd” sort to say. I’m going out on a limb here to say this, but as soon as one of these IM apps such as Kik, Ping! Chat or WhatsApp really masters their IM capabilities, we will see the demise of the BlackBerry in our age group. Don’t get me wrong, RIM by far has THE best emailing system out of all the smart phones, but that is obviously more business oriented than it is considered as a social tool.
Bainto does have a point to a certain extent..
When you purchased your BlackBerry did you not realize the information you are also giving away to carriers? What do I mean? Anytime you sign a new contract or renew your contract, you get a new BlackBerry if you eligible for the upgrade etc etc. Did you know that carriers scan the IMEI on the box of the BlackBerry? Guess what else is on the outside of the box and associated with your IMEI? You guessed it. Your PIN to your BlackBerry. So if you think about it, you’re information / privacy is still technically out there if your carrier chose to ever use it. It’s the way the world works. There technically is no real privacy in the world especially when it comes in the form of technology.
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