By Yik Yak, LLC
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Yik Yak is a location-based social network that helps you connect with the people right around you. By letting you express yourself, exchange thoughts, and explore your world, Yik Yak helps you feel at home within your local community.
What's New in Version 4.0
This update’s packed with features to help you feel even more connected to your local herd!
• #Now: Share what you’re up to now (watching football? learning to juggle?) as another way to spark a connection.
• Local Yakkers: Find & connect with other Yakkers who are also down to hike or binge-watch GoT.
• Explore: A fresh new Explore tab houses all sorts of ways to explore the world around you.
For more, check out https://blog.yikyak.com/new-on-yik-yak
Just LOVE the update
Like omg. Yik yak, is, the bomb. With these new updates, I can finally connect with my herd, something I was never able to do when I actually had a herd. Now I can also connect with the two other users in my rural hometown who both have a smartphone and use yik yak instead of my campus when I'm here for the summer- yay for connecting! That's the best feature. Now, while I understood why you allowed anonymity to be a choice, despite how I despised the feature (no one should even have a choice to be anonymous in the app they downloaded for its anonymity appeal), now you've finally listened to my months long plea that users be forced to do what they'd rather not when nothing was broken before! Woohoo. All of this is making me rate 5 stars because it's just oh so great. However, I do have one complaint, which is why I'm unfortunately gunna have to rate 4 stars. You see, I would've liked it even more if there were 0 users besides me. The way it is now, I'm sure at least a couple of kids and others won't delete the app. When you release another update to finally destroy even that small worthless user base that's left, so I can be alone and the sole user (it'd be like I'm in an apocalypse movie! I've always wanted to be in a movie), then and only then will I change my rating to 5 stars. Just be sure to keep the app still running for me too when that happens.
As someone who genuinely tries to spread kindness in the world and refuses to tolerate any sort of bullying whatsoever, I do not like the forced handle. Yik Yaks appeal relied entirely in its anonymity, and the ability to be honest. It's why voting is secret, mail theft is a federal offense and polling data is confidential information: it takes courage to be honest and there is safety in anonymity. There was something beautiful about being able to confide in a group of strangers that you did something embarrassing that day, and in turn receive compassion rather than even more embarrassment. It was freeing to be able to give genuine opinions about practically anything without the fear that you would be targeted personally for an unfavorable opinion. It removed all stereotypes and stigmas and allowed people to discuss things in a way that hasn't existed since the Internet. It was a beautiful thing that has since been murdered. While I can understand the bullying concerns, I truly believe that there could have been better ways to handle it than to remove the one feature that was unique about an app. Perhaps forcing repeat offenders of bullying to have a handle or to just disable their account if they're bullying someone. Or perhaps just let the number of votes determine if the post should remain or get filtered out due to excessive down votes. There are always other options. Goodbye herd, goodbye YikYak, goodbye anonymity in a digital age.
Twitter knock off
I would like to start by saying I pretty much never write reviews in the App Store, so that's how much I'm displeased with this "update". The most recent "upgrade" did not improve the app in my opinion, and actually made me stop using the app. The removal of the heard option would have been enough to make me displeased with the app. I understand the drive to make it a basis where people can connect with their community, but people travel or go visit family for maybe a month and that isn't their community. It was also nice to know I could still connect even from afar, which is no longer the case. Also, the new update added forced profiles and posting with a handle. Posting with handled is fine, it makes people more responsible with what they post (something my college campus could have used last winter). The profiles are a bit much. Why do I want to read a bio about some person on what was an app I downloaded because it was anonymous and people posted funny (and embarrassing) stories about their day or relationship or friend or anything. The list goes on and on. With the complete loss of being anonymous people no longer feel comfortable sharing those stories incase someone is able to figure out who they are. The "update" has completely changed the yik yak community and not for the better.