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Yik Yak

Yik Yak

1,000,000 - 5,000,000 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 2.0.002
-- Fix crash on Contact Us screen
-- Fix crash on Yakarma score click
-- Fix refresh data issues

v 2.0.001
-- Major release with new screen designs and features.

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

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


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 Josephine Ullman on 18/08/2014

    Im not at the high school yik yak! Im at the coffee shop near the high school... UGH

  • (58)

    by Anthony Choy on 18/08/2014

    The app should let you choose the range of your location, also should have direct messages mantaining the anon. In fact the app is cool but can be better.

  • (58)

    by Mackenzie Willard on 17/08/2014

    Four no five for you Glen Coco! Great app will kill the boredom.

  • (58)

    by Robert Iodice on 17/08/2014

    Yikyak

  • (58)

    by Kourtnei Samples on 17/08/2014

    It only gives me colleges and won't let me change my location...help please?

  • (58)

    by Zach Shatley on 16/08/2014

    An option to enable notifications for replies posted to yaks you've made or replied to, possibly on a case-by-case basis ("subscribe to yak" option while commenting/posting for example)