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January 21, 2016

Yik Yak Introduces Web Version

Popular Social Media App Expands to Laptops, PCs

A mobile app created to allow people to connect in a social media format is making the jump to the big screen.

YakNo, it’s not a movie adaptation of Yik Yak‘s story, it’s the app expanding beyond its mobile beginnings to a web-based setting. The popular service which launched in 2013 has grown in both popularity and users and the creative team behind it has announced an initial test prompted the decision to expand.

“The need for a web version of Yik Yak is obvious… when your phone’s battery is on two percent, when you don’t have cell service, or when you just want to be able to reply to a yak superfast and simply can’t type the words quickly enough on your touchscreen,” the team explained in a blog post.

The move makes sense not only for the reasons noted above but because it should allow Yik Yak to continue to expand. It first began as a project for two Furman University graduates looking for a way to anonymously converse with other people within a five-mile radius. That project became one of the most popular downloaded apps of the year and, as of 2014, boasted an estimated valuation of more than $350 million.

So, expanding to laptops and PCs is a natural step.

Users looking to log in on their computer simply have to sync accounts using their mobile number.

As the web version remains in a public beta format, the company explained, there are still some features which function solely in the mobile incarnation.


W. Brice McVicar is a staff writer for SiteProNews.