Yik Yak

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Yik Yak

Anyone else remember the likes of the anonymous app version of Twitter, Yik Yak. For those who don’t know, Yik Yak was a College/University location oriented app that would allow you find people around your campus and create one big Twitter like forum, where people can send out posts anonymously. And that was the fun of it, posting anonymously was the biggest draw to this app, since no one technically knew who was posting what. In my opinion, Yik Yak, being a early adopter of the “anonymous” model, are the ones who perfected it in comparison to apps today like Nearby, Jodel, Whisper, and WildFire. It just doesn’t have the same feel to them. Unfortunately, Yik Yak shut down on April 2017 due to decline in popularity.

Users of the app, referred to as “Yaks”,  would post things that the community would vote on based on a upvote/downvote system where a certain amount of either would allow your posts to reach the hot page, or result your post getting deleted. The more active you were, the more Yakarama or points you accumalated to your account. Also certain perameters were placed into the app to maintain that “anonymity” and maintain a certain level of civility just because of having a open styled forum. Parameters such as pictures, and posts with certain type of language are moderated beforehand to make sure they uphold to Yik Yaks’ standards and agreements. Other features of this app, allowed users to also “peek” at other campus forums as well.

The amount of trolling and level of relatable posts made this app a go too for me before it shut down. I still often visit their facebook page just to see the different types of hilarious posts found around the world. The app had a great uniqueness to it, it was maintained fairly well by the users, and the functionality of it was pretty user-friendly. I wonder how much of it would have changed it were still around today and didn’t shut down.


2 Comments

Janki Patel

Janki Patel

November 6, 2018at 1:18 pm

I was never really a big user of Yik Yak, but I know the few times that I did use it, I saw some extremely derogatory, racist, misogynistic, simply disturbing posts. I even recall that one time a few years ago where there was a bomb threat at UGA through the app. If today’s society wasn’t so hypersensitive or downright respectful, maybe the anonymous model would be helpful in discussion, but it’s not. People get the green light to say whatever they want behind a wall and they go crazy, which is sad.

Anna Plunkett

Anna Plunkett

November 6, 2018at 1:20 pm

I remember using Yik Yak in high school as a way for almost a whole town of young people to talk about a particular topic. I think if it was still around today it would be more entertaining now that I’m older, but not sure if I would still be a consistent user.

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