Yik Yak

Yik Yak

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

- Double-tap to Upvote: It's not a trick! Telling the world what you like has never been easier (Turn this on via the in-app settings)

- Voting button Position: Left handers rejoice! You can now move the voting buttons to the left side

- Bug squishing and loads of improvements

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 Sara Restrepo on 03/12/2014

    I changed schools and the app won't let me switch!!!

  • (58)

    by Emmanuel Beaufils on 03/12/2014

    Totally 0. Took it out just after installing

  • (58)

    by Latifah Syeh on 03/12/2014

    Yik yak just stopped letting me post I don't know why. Finally got to 30k yakarma and it only lets me vote and comment on other people's yaks it makes me sooo mad.! Five thumbs down. Ever since the last update its been acting terribly stupid. I'm beyond upset with it.

  • (58)

    by george kish on 03/12/2014

    People are now using this app as a new anonimus bulllying tool. In ten min of downloading it i saw more horror then i could have thought. Uninstalled right away and signed petition to have it band

  • (58)

    by Kevin Schoch on 03/12/2014


  • (58)

    by Max Dale on 03/12/2014

    This app is usually great. It's well designed and is pretty fun to scroll through to pass time. The reason I give it three stars is the crashing. I installed Cyanogenmod 11, and it worked for a bit of time. After a little while, the app refused to open altogether. I've reinstalled the app countless times, and it still crashes. I'm pretty sure that this isn't CM's fault, since these problems starte