In any other situation, to know you’re talking to a bot would result in the immediate end to that chat. Not so in Kik as bots are a celebrated part of the platform. They are clever, sometimes witty and mostly interesting automated chat bots that offer a little light relief if your friends aren’t around. It also offers a chance to engage with some top brands too. Here are what I think are the best Kik bots you can interact with right now.
There are lots of blogs and websites listing bots that just chat so I have searched for bots that do something more. Something useful or leftfield. Here is what I found.
In the context of Kik, a bot is an automated script that responds to your chats in a reasonably intelligent way. What makes them different to bots on other platforms is that Kik bots don’t pretend to be real or want anything from you. That makes a nice change!
Some bots are created by Kik, others by companies and others by individuals. All are worth a few minutes of your time.
Funny Or Die
Funny Or Die is one of my favorite Kik bots. Engage with @funnyordie and it will send you a series of images, videos or GIFs. Your job is to check it out and respond funny or die depending on how you find it. Some of the images it sends are just dumb while the majority are actually quite funny. I have a very dry sense of humor yet I found myself chortling to myself to most of what this bot sent me.
Joke Bot is another amusing Kik bot worth chatting with. The @jokes.bot will send you a joke on request. They are mainly a series of one-liners, ‘man walks into a bar’, ‘what did one turkey say to the other’ and so on. All of them are pretty funny and I have actually heard very few of them before. While there isn’t much engagement with this bot, it does have the capacity to make you laugh.
Notifications Bot is an alert bot that you can configure to alert you to new movies, breaking news, daily tips, RSS feeds, restaurants near you, new TV shows, music, sports results and upcoming games, video game releases, Twitch streams, weather and more. It has a wide array of selections and while it won’t talk to you, it fulfills another great use, that of reminding you of stuff you’re likely to forget otherwise. If only it did anniversaries or birthdays…
Zombie Invasion is a Kik bot game that reminds me of the text adventures of old. It’s a scripted game a bit like board game RPGs, where the situation is described to you and you have to decide what to do in order to escape the situation. The messages are good, descriptive and quite engaging. Each new instruction arrives as a new message and you reply to those messages with your action of choice.
Lingio Quiz+Translate is excellent if you travel or interactive with non-English speakers. It’s a good chat bot that speaks over 50 languages and will quiz you on the knowledge you gain to make sure you have learned. Initiate a chat with @lingiotranslator, type the language you want to learn and type in a phrase you want to translate. The bot will reply with the answer in your selected language. While I haven’t used it abroad, I have tested it with an Italian and a French speaker and both say it is accurate.
In a similar vein is Country Quiz. If you want to broaden your horizons or learn about a new place, engage with this bot. It begins with country flags and there are hundreds of them. While simple, I have found this bot invaluable when I’m on Zwift as each rider is represented by their flag. Some I had never seen before.
The Weather Channel
The Weather Channel is essential for anyone who lives in a state with variable weather like I do. I also have outdoor hobbies so this bot is quite useful if I want to know what is likely to happen in a few hours’ time. You can engage directly with this bot or you can arrange to have it send you a daily weather report so you always know what to expect.
My final Kik bot you can interact with right now is Sensay. Sensay matches you up with a complete stranger to chat about anything. It can use location to find another Kik user close by or further away and is a great way to meet new people anonymously. The bot will not identify your username so you really can chat about absolutely anything. Sometimes this will work in your favor, other times it really won’t!