By Yik Yak, LLC
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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.
What's New in Version 2.8.1
* Since a picture’s worth 1000 words, we’re letting you yak photos so you can visually share what’s going on nearby (this’ll roll out to everyone over a few days)
* Speaking of photos, check out photo Peek feeds. They’ve got a whole new look!
* Nothing against canned meat but we hate spam, especially in our app. So we’re adding one-time ‘make sure you ain’t a robot’ verification to fight spam and keep the feed fresh
For more: http://www.yikyakapp.com/blog/
Pros and cons
Any app that tries to be social and anonymous at the same time is going to face some challenges. Sometimes posts are funny, relevant, and honest in a way that's not often replicated in other social media. Sometimes, though, posts are monotonous, stolen, or abusive.
There are filters in place when posting, but they often catch the wrong things—they'll block posts that contain things like "TJ Max" (too close to a name) but not posts telling me they hope my dog dies.
Another issue is how local the app is. It's useless when classes aren't in session. Sure there's basecamp, but that only works when everyone uses it. Even then, it seems like there's less variety in posts than there was a year ago.
If you're somewhere where a lot of funny, interesting people are using it, it's great! But it seems to be down to trolls and hookups in my area, so I'm out for awhile.
Was a great app. Albeit, it has gotten progressively worse with the ridiculous censoring of practically anything, sometimes not even inflammatory things. But I still used it excessively, one of my top used apps. They lost a faithful user with the number verification though. You do not need my number for verification, there are other ways to do that. And there has been 0 spamming on yak, and I belong to one of the more popular bases. The update is bull and so is the excuse behind it, honestly.
I would use the app again if they did away with the # verification. By adding this it makes me feel uncomfortable to talk about anything on it, the whole point of it was that it was completely anonymous.
You can't expect to take an app who's main selling point is anonymity and just casually ask for people's #s one day. ✌🏼️
The Truth About The App
After doing some research, I'm still a fan post-update because the modifications make sense. Nobody, including head quarters, can see your number. That feature is only in place to 1) verify that you are a human and not a robot, and 2) make sure you only have one account. This limits spam and bullying. I'm okay with that, and hope everyone is too! Everyone should understand that these changes had to happen since it's an anonymous app that is becoming so popular.
- Category: Social Networking
- Updated: Jul 15, 2015
- Version: 2.8.1
- Size: 36.8 MB
- Languages: English, Spanish
- Seller: Yik Yak, LLC
- © Yik Yak, Inc.
Compatibility: Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus.