After a few months of testing the waters, Kik is still bullish on chatbots and has quite a few reasons to be.
Just last May at TechCrunch Disrupt NY, Kik CEO Ted Livingston divulged that developers had built over 6,000 chatbots on the platform.
Fast forward a few months and the popular messaging app has announced today that more than 1.8 billion messages have already been exchanged with the nearly 20,000 registered chatbots on the service.
Developers can apply to have their bots included in Kik s Bot Shop where any user can pop in and take a bot for a spin, but they have to meet some guidelines first that ensure they re a good fit for users.
To date, 100 chatbots have been approved and are currently available for download in the Bot Shop under three categories: entertainment, lifestyle and gaming.
These bots range from user-created tools to bot experiences built by brands like Sephora, H and Vine.