Yik Yak is finally relegated to the dustbin of Internet history
Yik Yak is finally relegated to the dustbin of Internet history published by nherting
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Posted on 2017-04-29
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On Friday, the Yik Yak app officially closed up shop. The company’s founders, Tyler Droll and Brooks Buffington, wrote up a short blog post saying that they would be “winding down the Yik Yak app over the coming week as we start tinkering around with what’s ahead for our brand, our technology, and ourselves.” (What that means in plain English, we have no idea.)
Droll and Buffington confirmed the recent acquisition of its engineering team by Square, and they said it “feels like a great fit.”
The statement mostly celebrated what the two men loved about the app (“a place for laughs, camaraderie, stress relief... ”) but did little to acknowledge many of the social network’s uglier sides.
The Yik Yak app allows users to post anonymous or pseudonymous messages restricted within a certain GPS radius. While many of the messages are silly or goofy, the app often results in a cesspool of hateful speech.
How did this company raise over $70 million again?
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