Recently I downloaded the YikYak app onto my mobile phone after taking a trip to Los Angeles and Seattle where my sister had told me that the app is fun to use in highly populated places to see various funny, scandalous and relatable statuses posted by people in close proximity. Staying with my sister in her dorm room at Seattle University was where I really saw the app come to life, where mainly college students were blowing up the feed with complaints about school, talking about college parties and posting true life confessions, anonymously. After scrolling through over my trip, I found that this was a way for people to have their voices be heard without feeling completely judged.
Another feature I found interesting was the fact that you could "like" or "down vote" posts that pop up on your feed, similar to Facebook but you can actually express dislike about something being posted on the application. I never felt there was anything wrong with the application having the ability to "down vote" something because of the app's anonymous nature, I thought it was a good way to get the public's opinion on matters. People could ask for life advice, inquire about what's happening locally or get an outside perspective on something you're curious about... For example, in Davis last week when the protests broke out related to police brutality, many students on the app asked about where the protest was and commented on different activities whether they were trying to avoid it or join it.
On another note, I never realized the potential for "cyberbullying" or online threats to rise through the app. Because of the animosity behind the app this creates even more fear because app users don't know whether to take these threatening status updates seriously or not. But after reading an article in the Wall Street Journal, I've learned that there are precautions that should be taken when using the anonymous app. However, I actively use the app in my hometown, Sacramento, and college town, Davis, where it has provided me comedic relief with a constant feed of relatable statuses.