Yik Yak

Yik Yak

100,000 - 500,000 downloads

Pros
  • Totally anonymous
  • Broadcast to 500 random folks in your area
  • Possibly stumble across diamonds in the rough
Cons
  • Signal:noise ratio not so hot
  • Visual design needs an overhaul
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Expert's Review
6.7
Worthy

"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.

Recently changed in this version

v 1.7.003
-- Changed comment screen to make it easier to type in message
-- Fixed issue navigating to comment screen.
-- Other minor bug fixes.

v 1.7.002
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- Fix Location Services issues at start up
- Fix to make it easier to click vote buttons

v 1.7.001
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- Peek feature moved to front page
- Ability to submit yaks to Peek locations
- Ability to track recent replies
- Bug fixes and speed improvements


Comments and ratings for Yik Yak
  • (48)

    by Aaron Vogt on 22/06/2014

    Love this app

  • (48)

    by H Nguyen on 21/06/2014

    Such an innuitive and useful app, yet there is no word filter nor spam filter to effectively decrease the amount of negative posts as well as the report system feels vague and unrewarding.

  • (48)

    by Zachary Harris on 20/06/2014

    This app has destroyed my time at boys state. Cyber bullying at its finest.

  • (48)

    by Abby Bottolfson on 18/06/2014

    its so funny

  • (48)

    by judy munuve on 18/06/2014

    The app can be use full if it can be introduced to people

  • (48)

    by Jacob Ross on 18/06/2014

    I wish the bitchy school people wouldn't of banned it though

  • (48)

    by Amelia Szosz on 17/06/2014

    Now I can't use it because it thinks I'm in a high school or a middle school. I should be able to use it wherever I am. I am incredibly disappointed in you, Yak.