Yik Yak

Yik Yak


(4 stars)


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1,000,000 - 5,000,000 downloads

  • Totally anonymous
  • Broadcast to 500 random folks in your area
  • Possibly stumble across diamonds in the rough
  • Signal:noise ratio not so hot
  • Visual design needs an overhaul
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Expert's Review

"Don't talk back"

Reviewed by / Mar 12, 2014

Anonymous localized social wall

An ever-dynamic graffiti wall

Like scribbling notes on a bathroom stall:

Supreme apps' Yik Yak bestows 'pon all

The power to deign, decry, and enthrall

I've yet to see any poetry on the Barcelona wall; you may get luckier in your current location. Post whatever you like in Twitter-esque quips, and it'll be broadcast to 500 other folks nearby, totally anonymously. Browse through the mish-mash of others' anonymous postings, which tend to range from useful local tips to obscene proclamations. Some of it is fascinating, plenty of it is useless, all of it is very much in the chaotic spirit of a text-based 4Chan.

Like in Reddit, posts can be up- or down-voted. At least in the Barcelona area, this didn't stop the large majority from being little more than noise - but YMMV. The visual design could also use some polishing, although it's far from the main purpose of the app.

I envision Supreme apps' Yik Yak being a runaway success in high schools everywhere, and I admittedly shudder to think of the social implications. Can't stop the flow of information - if you ask me, we're going to see more and more tech in this vein.

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Developer's original description available here
Yik Yak acts like a local bulletin board for your area by showing the most recent posts from other users around you. It allows anyone to connect and share information with others without having to know them.
News, funny experiences, shout outs, and jokes spread faster than ever through Yik Yak's tight-knit community.
Create quality content and receive upvotes from other members of your community. Be engaged in your community and help decide what's the best through upvotes and downvotes.
Spread the word to grow the herd.

You might notice that our app asks to access your identity. This was necessary in order to support push notifications through Google’s Cloud Messaging for Android (GCM). We promise that we don’t store this information. User privacy is very important to us and we promise that we don’t store or share or make use of this information in any other way.

Recently changed in this version

Version 2.6.1
- Basecamp: Stay connected with your herd on Yik Yak even while away!
- Implementing Material Design in the app's visual language.

Version 2.6.2/2.6.3
- Various bug fixes and improvements.

For more information check out our blog at http://blog.yikyakapp.com/

Stay funky and ride the Yak!

Comments and ratings for Yik Yak
  • (58)

    by john3214 on 17/08/2014

    Just saw a community app called Spiral on TechCrunch. Looks awesome! The link is sprlr.com

  • (58)

    by Michael Obuekwe on 15/05/2015

    All my comments disappear, big waste of time

  • (58)

    by Don G on 15/05/2015

    The posts people make up are funny and a little witty, and the community in my area is very kind and entertaining. The only problem is that some people spam every so often just because they like messing around with the OPs.

  • (58)

    by MiCH ElLE on 15/05/2015


  • (58)

    by Charlie Armitage on 15/05/2015

    Basically anonymous twitter and is definitely going to be the next hit app

  • (58)

    by Ben Mainland on 15/05/2015

    Seeing as I use it at university, I don't see a lot of the toxic trash people complain about.. Thank god

  • (58)

    by Precious Felix on 15/05/2015

    Deletes comments that are not offensive but allows offensive comments to stay up after being reported. Not as fun as I thought it would be and doesn't refresh on a regular basis. Also so many trolls and bullies.

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