Group messaging

Kik’s Next Big Play: An Animated GIF Messaging App

The GIF has a future in mobile advertising, especially within messaging apps, according to Kik. The messaging startup, which just raised $38.3 million, has purchased Relay, a GIF-based messaging app that fits into its ad plans.

Funny or Die Reveals 10 Percent of Its Kik Fans Click on Video Messages

Funny or Die found a new way to boost video views.

Brands May Be Surprised to Find Themselves on Yo

Yo, Pepsi. Yo, McDonald's. Yo, Subway. Welcome to Yo—whether you like it or not. 

This Small Startup Says Facebook Imitated Its Photo App Idea

Facebook’s new app isn’t a Snapchat clone; it’s more of a Look-alike. The core feature of Facebook’s Slingshot—the requirement to reply to unlock a photo—already appears on an iPhone app called Look.

All Those Kik Pics From Strangers Will Now Be Blurred

Mobile messaging app Kik is giving users new controls to protect against unwanted anonymous advances, the company said today. The app will censor images from strangers to limit lewd content being shared by surprise, explained Heather Galt, Kik’s head of marketing and safety. 

Tango Messaging App Invites Brands to Hit Publish

Messaging app Tango is following in the footsteps of competitors like BlackBerry Messenger with the launch of media channels users can follow. Tango Channels is still in testing and will be available early this summer, CTO Eric Setton told Adweek. 

Yahoo Buys Upstart Snapchat Rival Blink

Yahoo is buying its way into the discrete messaging craze with another acquisition. An app called Blink is Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer’s latest takeover target. 

Messaging App Tango Raises $280 Million

Tango is the latest messaging app to attract big dollars, with Alibaba Group leading a fundraising roun

One Direction Unveils Best Kik Campaign Ever

One Direction, the UK boy band with perfectly mussed hair, got the message about messaging apps. The group and its label Sony Music are reaching fans through a new campaign on Kik, the Canadian mobile messaging service with 95 million registe

Skype to Buy Messaging App GroupMe

As the group messaging market heats up, Skype announced yesterday that it is buying GroupMe, a popular smartphone app that allows users to send texts and make conference calls