07 June 2016, USA :
Kik Interactive, maker of chat network Kik, today announced that it has partnered with Yahoo to bring the company’s highly popular weather and news experiences to Kik’s Bot Shop. Yahoo is also exploring the Kik platform through a new experience called MonkeyPets, a playful emoji-loving companion.
Kik Interactive, Inc., connects the world through chat. The company is the maker of Kik, a chat network with more than 300 million registered users including 40 percent of U.S. teens where people can chat with friends and connect with chat-based services.
Jon Paris, senior product director of Yahoo said, “Yahoo has always specialized in creating experiences at the intersection of search, content and communications. Yahoo Weather, Yahoo News, and MonkeyPets on Kik leverage the unique features of the messaging platform to engage users where they live.”
The Yahoo bots will provide Kik users with means of discovering and exploring content in a social context. Yahoo News (@yahoonews) helps users discover, delve deeper, and share the stories that interest them most. Yahoo Weather (@yahooweather) goes beyond simply providing information such as temperature and weather condition, and taps into weather as a shared experience and conversation starter. In addition, Yahoo launched MonkeyPets (@monkeypets), a virtual friend that lives off of emojis and shares selfies from its “travels.”
Kik launched its Bot Shop in April 2016, and since then, has seen more than 6,000 bots created on its platform.