YikYak Makes a Comeback, 4 Years After Being Shuttered


I do not actually know what to make of this, however in the event you’re , for no matter purpose, your favourite nameless social media app YikYak is again in app shops within the US.


Why? Who is aware of, however the brand new homeowners of the app say that they imagine that the worldwide neighborhood “deserves a spot to be genuine, a spot to be equal, and a spot to attach with individuals close by.” I am guessing they see a chance to faucet into native engagement in gentle of the pandemic, which has saved us all a lot nearer to residence – although even then, to launch it now, at this late stage of the sport, appears a bit of unusual.

Simply because it was designed in its first incarnation, YikYak allows customers to share their ideas anonymously, with different customers in a 5 mile radius then capable of view these feedback and notes (referred to as ‘Yaks’) and both upvote them or present their very own responses. So if you wish to rave a couple of native enterprise, you can also make an nameless comment that others can then have fun and interact with, with out the added strain of attaching your identify and picture to it.

Which additionally makes it a great car for criticism and abuse, which is a giant a part of why it was initially shut down.

Yik Yak was first launched in 2013, and at one level, was valued at greater than $400 million, and had 200 million energetic customers. However as with all nameless platform, cyberbullies and trolls noticed the chance to unfold unfavorable speech, whereas the corporate was additionally compelled to backtrack on its nameless method by offering info to authorities when issued with warrants.

Ultimately, Snapchat ate into YikYak’s market share, and the restricted use case for app, mixed with the famous points with trolls, made it a much less related consideration. Which lastly then result in its closure 4 years in

Clearly, the teachings of these first years have compelled a change in method, with YikYak’s new web site outlining varied ‘guardrails’ and security options to fight such issues. But it surely looks like a moderation catastrophe ready to occur, particularly within the occasions of COVID misinformation and political division by society.

Is there actually a spot, or a necessity for YikYak within the present social media sphere?  

YikYak appears to suppose there’s:

Yik Yak helps unite native communities. Faculty campuses, music festivals, cities, massive workplaces, and anyplace in between immediately turn into pleasant herds of contemporary new concepts, jokes, views, and buddies.” 

Yeah, I am undecided it should work out – however, in the event you’re , you now have one other choice to get a really feel for what individuals in your area people are fascinated with, which may very well be value looking at. Perhaps.

YikYak V2 is presently accessible within the US on iOS, with extra international locations and units coming quickly.


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