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How to Safely Use Yik Yak

In the age of the internet and Yik Yak is something that I’m surprised hasn’t show up before recently {and if it has then I guess I missed it}. Yik Yak is an anonymous {yes actually anonymous} social media {?} app that allows you to post anonymously if you are over 18. You download the app and that’s it.

Now the only way {that I know of} that Yik Yak knows you are over 18 is by your location. It uses the location of your device and if you are not near an elementary, a middle, or a high school then you can use the app. Every time you yak or vote on a yak then you get yakarma. It’s really simple.
In the age of cyberbullying, Yik Yak can seem like one of the worst ideas ever. It actually isn’t. Are there mean people on Yik Yak? Yes, but there are mean people everywhere on the internet. The Yik Yak team tries to take down yaks that are offensive and rude and if a yak gets five down votes it is deleted. Most people on Yik Yak are just college students posting harmless yaks. However, there are those people who will be completely rude and mean just because they are anonymous so sometimes it does require thick skin. Yik Yak does let you report these yaks and they really do try to make it a friendly environment.

I suggest looking past those few people that try to ruin everything for everyone because if you look at Yik Yak and what they’re trying to do, they’re really just trying to bring college kids together in a fun and easy way! They have a college tour and you can get free goodies for your yakarma!

I personally enjoy Yik Yak and seeing what other students are saying on campus! Spread the word and grow the herd!

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  1. Anonymous says

    I love Yik Yak! Personally using it from my smaller college(1200 people) compared to my new big college(33,000+ people),big college yik yaks are almost the only ones worth it,all ssmaller ones(from my small hometown as well) are all cyberbullying or barely any yaks. My big college Yik Yak always has just what I need,and mean or bad yaks get downvoted away quickly.

    • Lauren Douglass says

      I completely agree! I love Yik Yak and seeing what people at ASU are doing. Tempe is the largest campus and has the "best" yaks out of all of our campuses but I agree. If you're on a small campus or in a town/area that doesn't have a college then Yik Yak seems pretty negative and boring. That's just how it is, and it sucks that is has to be that way but Yik Yak was really made for college students and they're really into building a community on campus so it's not surprising that small towns and whatnot are "neglected".Lauren | The Arizona Prepster

  2. Gold&Hearts Blog says

    I go to the University of Texas, and most of the yaks are just people making fun of the whether or in general trying to be funny. I understand how it could be a bullying problem in certain settings. I know a girl that had a comment like that come up, but that's the only occurrence I've heard of.

    • Lauren Douglass says

      And I feel that's exactly what it should be for, just goofing around. In most big university feeds, I haven't seen anything that would constitute bullying. But I understand that it could happen.Lauren | The Arizona Prepster

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