Project 252

Yik Yak

Contributed by Enda (@donenda)
EdTech Tool Name:Yik Yak
Bref Description:Proximity-based social networking app
Type of EdTech Tool:
  • Web (access through web browser)
  • Android (phone/tablet) App
  • IOS (iPhone/iPod Touch) App
  • IOS (iPad/iPad Mini) App
EdTech Tool Usage Keywords:collaboration, communication, proximity, social networking
EdTech Tool Uses:Yik Yak is a proximity-based social media smartphone application for iOS and Android that allows people to create and view discussion threads within a 10-mile radius (known as a "Yak" ). Any user within the yak radius can contribute to the stream by writing, responding, and "voting up" or "voting down" (liking or disliking) yaks. Yik Yak users who post frequently and who post the most popular Yaks are rewarded with 'Yakarma' points, which adds a gaming element to use of the app. The proximity-based nature of this app has made it popular on college campuses for discussions among students. While the service offers much potential for collaboration and dialogue, the anonymous and open nature of Yik Yak has lead to many concerns and criticisms of it (for instance, with regard to cyberbullying).
Education Level(s):
  • Third Level/Higher Education
Academic Subjects:
EdTech Tool Pricing Structure:Completely, 100% free