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In Defense of Yik Yak, "The Crack Cocaine" of Social Media!

Demonized as catering to racists and stalkers, the social media service actually provides comfort and the good kind of safe spaces.

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Yik Yak

Few social-media apps are as vilified as Yik Yak, which allows users in the same geographic area—typically college campuses—to share anonymous thoughts, feelings, and more. In the wake of protests at the University of Missouri, several users were arrested after sharing threatening posts marbled with racists taunts.

And Fox News' resident psychiatrist Keith Ablow has called it "the most dangerous form of social media I've ever seen":

The creators of Yik Yak decided to disseminate the technological equivalent of crack cocaine on America, and I hope these drug pushers, disguised as techie entrepreneurs, attract the attention of world-class, class-action attorneys like my friend Joe Siprut in Chicago.

You can't buy press like that, now, can you? Not just for Yik Yak but for Joe Siprut.

Over at Bloomberg View, former Reason Editor Virginia Postrel, did something Ablow and many other critics choose not to do: experience the service as its typical users do. Far from finding a world populated of Exalted Cyclopses of the KKK, cyberbullies, and creeps of all sorts, Postrel found mostly a safe and inviting space that college students use to discuss a range of topics and moods with posts that are "mostly good-natured, often stupid, but rarely evil."

"At [Santa Monica College]," she writes, "students typically complain about the parking shortage; at UCLA, they gripe about food; at Princeton they desperately crave sleep. Everywhere they talk about sex."

No garden is without serpents of course, but Yik Yak has also created an ecosystem for dealing with trouble, too:

Yik Yak does attract nasty posts, including the threats in Missouri. But on a routine basis, the app grownups love to demonize is much friendlier than the Twitter and Facebook feeds I read daily. For reasons built into its structure, Yik Yak offers fewer rewards for mean, grouchy, tribal, and polarizing posts and more for those that are supportive, funny, inquisitive, and community-building. Far from encouraging a free-for-all, the terms of service prohibit threats and abuse, as well as "racially or ethnically offensive language." More immediately, Yik Yak lets users vote comments up or down, giving them longer or shorter lives.

By wielding their voting power, Yik Yak users develop unwritten rules that tend to keep things friendly and fun, observes Briallyn Smith, a graduate student in rehabilitation science at Western University in London, Ontario, who writes frequently on the intersection of technology and college life. "I've been amazed by how quickly Yaks that don't fit the community's standards will be removed from view—not by any external moderation, but by the user base," she writes, noting that "generally you'll only see negative messages for the first minute after they are posted, after which they are completely down-voted into oblivion."

Such is the power of truly voluntary association, it turns out, that people will come and go based on whether they like being there:

If a local Yik Yak provides a place people want to hang out, it will flourish. If it alienates too many users, it will just blow away. The service has spread so fast not because students love to dole out abuse but because they yearn to connect.

Whole thing here.

Postrel's piece isn't just interesting for what it says about Yik Yak but for what it says about moving past snap reactions about all sorts of relatively new technologies. We are living in the golden age of overreaction, it seems, where every new form of communication and every new development is seen as the beginning of the end, if not the final stage of all Western civilization. It's nothing less than a relief and an inspiration to once in a while read a story about something in which the author, you know, actually did some research and reporting before going all Colonel Kurtz.

Related: "Feminist Groups Saying Using Social-Media App Yik Yak Without Seeing Mean Words Is a Civil Right," by Elizabeth Nolan Brown.

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  1. And Fox News’ resident psychiatrist pants shitter, Keith Ablow has called it “the most dangerous form of social media I’ve ever seen”:

    1. “You’ll Never Believe What We Found in Social Media’s Attic”

    2. Words can hurt, mmkay. And so can crack cocaine disguised as words.
      Ban it – FOR THE CHILDREN

    3. I sometimes wonder if that moron actually believes the shit that he spews.

    4. Well, seriously, what is the most dangerous form of social media you’ve ever seen? It’s not a very threatening field

      1. MySpace. All those people with autoplaying music and animated backgrounds… 2005 was a rough year.

      2. We are living in the golden age of overreaction,

        I found this ironic also, along the lines of “we’re living in the most polarized political times evah!”.

  2. Far from finding a world populated of Exalted Cyclopses of the KKK, cyberbullies, and creeps of all sorts, Postrel found mostly a safe and inviting space that college students use to discuss a range of topics and moods with posts that are “mostly good-natured, often stupid, but rarely evil.

    So, IOW, Postrel finds the Yik Yakers much preferable to the barbarian hordes at H&R?

    1. Well, you can’t downvote posts that hurt your feelings here. It’s blessing and a curse. A blessing because it doesn’t become an echo chamber. A curse because it’s not a safe space.

    2. Yes, Hyperion we are the worst of social media/internet.

      1. That’s what I thought, and then these Yik Yak punks come to challenge us! But, Postrel likes them, Haha, Yik Yakers, you amateurs!

    3. So, IOW, Postrel finds the Yik Yakers much preferable to the barbarian hordes at H&R?

      Realizing which side her bread is buttered on has never been her strong suite.

      1. I refuse to think about Postrel and buttering bread in the same thought because she was mean to us! }:

  3. The creators of Yik Yak decided to disseminate the technological equivalent of crack cocaine on America, and I hope these drug pushers, disguised as techie entrepreneurs, attract the attention of world-class, class-action attorneys like my friend Joe Siprut in Chicago

    Have we at last reached Peak Fox News?

  4. How much Yak would a Yik Yack yak if a Yik Yak could yak Yak?

    1. Yikety Yak, don’t talk smack

      1. +1 coast

      2. don’t talk smack

        It’s literally all I do. Well, that, and misuse the word “literally”.

  5. This technology was meant to expand human communication, but they’re not even human anymore! What they’ve become terrifies me. They’re freaks!

  6. By wielding their voting power, Yik Yak users develop unwritten rules that tend to keep things friendly and fun…

    You know what else rose to the top thanks to voting power?

    1. Pope Francis?

    2. School funding in Baltimore?

    3. Robert and his Rules?

  7. Few social-media apps are as vilified as Yik Yak, which allows users in the same geographic area?typically college campuses?

    You know what other social media phenomenon started on a college campus?

    1. Tumblr?

    2. Date rape?

      1. That’s when things got out of control.

        1. She didn’t want to. She didn’t want to. She didn’t want to. SHE DIDN’T WANT TO!

        2. Ugh. I thought you were alright, but then you go and quote Sublime.

          1. If it redeems me at all, I felt dirty doing it.

  8. It’s not Yik Yak in of itself that the SJWs are so offended by, but the anonymity. On Facebook and Twitter they can hunt down the mean people that hurt their feeling and deliver a revenge of public shaming that is 10x-1000x more hateful, harmful, and bigoted. Given that so far they haven’t been able to use the state to publish all those that trespass against them, anonymity thwarts them. So Yik Yak must be banned.

    (And, no… being able to find out who is behind actual threats of violence isn’t good enough.)

    1. On Facebook and Twitter they can hunt down the mean people that hurt their feeling and deliver a revenge of public shaming that is 10x-1000x more hateful, harmful, and bigoted.

      They can?

      1. Isn’t tweet wars what Twitter even exists for?

        1. I thought it existed so that idiots could write dumb one line comments on the intertoobz and other idiots could say ‘ohhh, dat smart, wat he said, durrrr, I follow dat’?

          1. Got 2 sav on chars iykwim

          2. You mean “retweet” right? On the rare occasion I read someone’s twitter page, 85% of it seems to be retweets.

            1. *reTweets Paul’s post*

              1. *retweets Almanian’s retweet*

          1. Oh, my bad, I always forget that when you put your real name and picture in there, other people can see that.

            I’m always forgetting details like that.

        1. That second one from the first one is Cartman..

        2. 22 reasons to not mix work and your social media habits.

      2. On FB you are required to use your real name. This is not always enforced.

    2. Pretty sure the SJWs use Yik Yak to call in threats to themselves to generate publicity and victim status points.

  9. If we’re lucky, maybe the Justice Department, now that they’re done with soccer and vitamin companies, can save us from this next great menace, Yik Yak.

  10. at Princeton they desperately crave sleep

    Did anyone else first read that as “they desperately crave sheep”?

    1. There’s lot of sheep available on campus, so they’re in luck.

      1. +baa

    2. Only the consenting sheep.

      1. I’ve heard the Texas A&M folks brand the ones who resist. That should make it easy for the folks in College Station to determine affirmative consent.

    3. You thought you had a common interest with Princeton students?

  11. I realized a couple weeks ago I could check out Yik Yak in all its glory as I live a few blocks from a university campus. Lord was it disappointing! “How is So-and-So’s intro to philosophy?” “Is anyone doing an Honors major in psych?” “Should I take Such-and-Such with So-and-So next semester?” “Ugh, my roommate is so messy!”

    There’s a few political threads and the kids seem mostly normal, if dumb. They’re not even in favor of a $15 min wage.

    1. WHERE MUH SLUT SHAMING??!?!?!

    2. I’m scared to see what the UVA kids are posting…

  12. Why does Virginia Postrel, of all people, hate civil discourse?

    1. Her wrath was kindled by the Reason commentariat. Now, I fear it cannot be extinguished.

      1. Are you saying she learned it by watching us?

        1. +1 dad

      2. What does civil discourse and the Reason commentariat have to do with each other?

        1. They’re antonyms?

        2. Bad grammar?

        3. Each defines the other.

          As in, “If you saw it at H & R, it ain’t civil discourse.”

    2. I thought it was better when she was here.

  13. So, how do they feel about /pol/?

  14. I love Yik Yak! UC Irvine Yik Yak’ers always knew when I was pooping, and, more importantly, the best bathrooms for peaceful pooping.

    1. more importantly, the best bathrooms for peaceful pooping.

      huh, now I kind of wish they had this when I was in college.

      1. Is college not mostly about finding the best bathrooms for pooping? I can’t be the only one.

        1. Whoa, you only pooped in bathrooms when you were in college?

          1. Well, there may have been a shart or two.

            1. Who would want to use a bathroom after a Yak?

    2. So, let me get this straight. You sought and found peaceful pooping places…

      …and then you told everybody about them?

  15. Up until now, i thought “Yik Yak” was the noise my cat makes when he coughs up a hairball.

    1. I still can’t figure out Twitter. This is what getting old and out of touch feels like, isn’t it?

      1. Get off my lawn, whippersnapper.

      2. No, it’s what not being a self-absorbed douche feels like.

        1. Haha. I’m pretty sure that’s not what I’m experiencing.

          *checks out own ass in the mirror, wolf-whistles*

          1. Alright, well you can be the exception.

            No, I didn’t say you can be exceptional.

      3. And yes, Twitter seems to me to be mostly content free. I used to get drunk and post movie quotes at random on Facebook. A friend of mine said I should try Twitter. I think he meant to insult both me and Twitter.

      4. This is what getting old and out of touch feels like, isn’t it?

        Says someone who still has a Hotmail account…

        1. It’s a perfectly acceptable trap for spam, newsletters and emails from H&Rers;.

          1. Oh, so that’s your porn email account.

            1. That’s crazy talk. I have a Yahoo! account for porn, like everyone else.

              1. Email account? For porn? Was that a thing when dial-up was around?

                /millennial

                1. Unless you’re into action that’s out of one of SF’s nightmares, porn usually requires a payment and an email address.

                  1. Does it? Well I guess I’m a sick motherfucker with my free pr0n, then.

          2. +1, I’ve got 40,000 unread emails in my Hotmail account. Every time I needed to sign up for something I didn’t want to hear back from I used it. Yahoo and gmail for real email

            1. @sbcglobal.net, Bitches! Just flows off the tongue.

      5. I have actually found it useful on a couple of occasions. Both of them led to a youtube link to a stream of a sportsball event that my cable provider was only providing in a language I don’t understand.

      6. I don’t completely not understand Twitter, but tumblr?

    2. Mine sound more like BUK BUK BUK.

  16. I take issue with the principle that Yik Yak needs to be defended. The entire concept is nonsense. It is like saying “in defense of a pencil and paper” or “in defense of people talking to each other on the street”. It is a medium for communication. There is nothing to defend here. And to say there is, is to admit the assumption that it is possible for a means of communication to be “bad”. Otherwise why would you ever need to defend it?

    1. I take issue with

      We know, John. We know.

      1. And don’t you forget it. !!

    2. I don’t think it’s the medium itself, I think it’s the anonymity. I agree with SugarFree’s point above. If you see people talking bad in public, you can run over and correct them. When you don’t know who the people are, you can’t disrupt their wrong-think.

      1. I think you are right about that. There is however something deeply wrong about thinking that people should not be able to speak anonymously. The only reason to object to it is because it prevents you from turning the mob lose on anyone you don’t like.

      2. I don’t think it’s the medium itself, I think it’s the anonymity. I agree with SugarFree’s point above. If you see people talking bad in public, you can run over and correct them. When you don’t know who the people are, you can’t disrupt inform their family or their employer of their wrong-think in order to break up their relationship or get them fired or send the SWAT team to arrest them in their home.

    3. And to say there is, is to admit the assumption that it is possible for a means of communication to be “bad”. Otherwise why would you ever need to defend it?

      Because other people are deeply stupid.

  17. True story: I have no idea what this Yik Yak is.

    1. I didn’t either and I graduated college in 2013.

    2. When a mommy and daddy really love each other, and I mean really love each other, the daddy puts his wenis in the mommy and produces some yik yak that he leaves inside of her to create a baby. And that is how we got you.

      1. Unless mommy wants jewelry instead of a baby. Then the yik yak goes in her mouth.

      2. I’m so glad my parents didn’t lie to me and told me the truth about the stork bringing me.

    3. You’d better stay off the intertoobz, Struthers if you aren’t aware what’s going on. The Darkweb will get you! You’ve been warned, it will just reach right out of the screen and get you!

  18. And then, of course, there’s the whole issue of no one being forced to read Yik Yak. So you obviously have a contingent of people reading it just to find something on it to be offended about. Getting rid of Yik Yak does nothing to solve the problem of those idiots.

    1. This porn keeps showing up on my computer!

      1. These homosexuals keep sucking my dick!

        1. Its not gay. It is just them showing me respect!!

        2. I told you to stay out of Ghent

          1. Ah, Ghent. Homos ‘n’ Hasids, as far as the eye can see.

            1. Ghent? The city in Belgium? So it’s a nice town?

              1. No, that’s Molenbeek, you should totally check it out.

                1. No, that’s Molenbeek, you should totally check it out.

                  You know, Lee, I’m not sure I’m gonna listen to your travel advice now.

                  1. But I’m the king of traveladvisor!

              2. It’s a neighborhood in Norfolk, VA with a startlingly high BoHo index.

      2. I need to know where all this porn is so I can be sure to stay away from it.

      3. +1 Mason Hutchinson

        /watch Eagle Vs. Shark if you haven’t already

    2. I am not sure how you solve the problem of such idiots. It takes a seriously defective personality to be worried that someone somewhere might be saying something you find offensive. I have no idea who you fix someone like that.

      1. I have no idea who you fix someone like that.

        Percussive strikes to the cranium are probably worth a try.

        1. Back in the 50s they seemed to have some success with electro shock treatments.

    3. When you’re a religion, you have to go seek out the poor unfortunate primitives and correct their evil ways, for their own good, or burn them at the stake if they refuse to accept your help.

      1. They just want to make the world a better place Hyperion. They just want to be agents of change man.

        1. I know, and I just want them to fuck off and go to hell. It’s all good.

          1. You violating my safe space.

          2. Choose again

    4. Nothing short of a woodchipper solves the problem of idiots like that that.

  19. If you don’t participate in social media at all does that mean you’ve effectively created a safe space?

    1. No way, because then how will you know what wrong thoughts the people around you are having??

    2. Yeah, I’m waiting for one of these ball-less university admins to say

      “You have a safe space 24 hours a day at this school. Its called your dorm room.”

    3. No. That means you’re some kind of anti-social crank who doesn’t want to share your thoughts because you already know they’re ungood and all right-thinking people will take umbrage at them. Now go on Facebook and seek out some awesome memes about how wonderful Bernie Sanders is.

  20. “The Crack Cocaine” of Social Media!

    I didn’t want to try “Yik Yak” until now.

    1. I did too and then I read this

      http://www.bloombergview.com/a…..reputation

    2. Dude, I hate to disappoint you, but Postrel finds it a safe place that is totally unoffensive. Now you still want to go there?

      1. But she hates Reason commenters? That’s harsh.

        1. She finds us uncouth.

  21. I find this idea of being “stalked” and “harassed” in a medium that requires you to download an app to use…..and in which you are *entirely anonymous*….. I don’t want to say, “retarded” because that’s not quite right – i think “Insane” is closer.

    Its like a person who goes into a 1970s pornographic movie theater and complains to the management that they find the state of undress of the performers to be highly concerning and offensive. And don’t get them started on the fact that the place seems to only cater to adult men!? they should really do more to make women and children feel welcome! also…..

    i.e. If you have a fucking problem with it, don’t use it, dummy

    It all seems to come down to =

    “Some people somewhere are doing something I DONT LIKE = Therefore, rather than simply go out looking for things I myself prefer, I shall pretend to be a Serious User of this service and complain about all the other less-serious people who make my experiences imperfect, and demand that changes are made to this medium which i actually don’t contribute to in any meaningful way”

    its really not all that different than the Sarkesian-tactic w/ ‘gaming’. Grrrr! Problematic!

    1. It is not so much that they are insane as they are completely self absorbed and think it is their right to have the entire world conform to their preferences, which I suppose is a form of insanity. They think they have a right not just to use the medium but to insist that everyone else who does behave as they think they should. So if someone doesn’t do that, their right to use it is violated. They are being harassed and stalked because they have a right to use the medium under the exact conditions they want at all times. Expecting them to turn the fucking thing off and walk away is totally unreasonable in their view. Doing that would deprive them of having the world exactly suited to them. And that is not something they are willing to endure.

  22. Honestly, I was looking for something more like the “Parachuting Ecstasy”-of-social-media. Suggestions?

    1. [Googles Parachuting Ecstasy. Is hauled out of office by IT, backed up with security and their damn dogs.]

      1. It is just a very safe way to ingest ecstasy.

        1. Back now. Security recalled that they report to me, so its all good.

  23. I still can’t figure out Twitter.

    Twitter baffles me.

    1. At least you get threading.

      1. You can’t punctuation marks in a hashtag, noob.

        1. have,* god dammit. Time to go on Yik Yak and complain about there not being an edit button.

      2. #allows journalists to limit criticism of their work to 145 characters and ban anyone who says mean things.

  24. “…and I hope these drug pushers, disguised as techie entrepreneurs, attract the attention of world-class, class-action attorneys like my friend Joe Siprut in Chicago.”

    What exactly is this class-action lawsuit going to look like?

    “I gotta whole lotta anonymous clients who were insulted anonymously.”

    1. Why do I have the feeling that this guy’s friend Joe Siprut in Chicago has a business card.

  25. Fox News’ resident psychiatrist Keith Ablow has called it “the most dangerous form of social media I’ve ever seen”

    What is public restroom graffiti, chopped liver?

    1. Seriously, what the fuck does that even mean? Just how is “social media dangerous”? I don’t understand how people can say things that are that transparently stupid.

    2. Well, some has a certain cadence to it; you might even call it a ‘meter’, so you have some distraction while you poop.

      1. My comment is in regards to graffti, just to be clear…

  26. If you have a fucking problem with it, don’t use it, dummy

    How the fuck am I going to rule the world under those constraints?

    There are people out there saying mean things about stuff I like, and I want them punished!

  27. Yik Yak at the Tit Shack.

  28. At least the shit swastika was, even if entirely imagined, offensive in both medium and message.

    1. I would love to know the truth about that. There are good reasons to think it was a hoax. Except that if you were going to do a hoax what the hell kind of weirdo thinks of a shit swastika as a hoax racist incident? It is so bizarre it is difficult to imagine someone made it up. If you were going to make up a racial hoax, why would you not go to the old reliable noose or burning cross or pillow case with eye holes or something? And even if it wasn’t made up, who the hell did it and what on earth did they mean by it?

      1. Oh, very well. It was a noose made out of turds.

    2. Weren’t there pictures released of it?

    3. Photos came out. It was real. As John mentions the origins are still dubious, but someone took shit and smeared it into a swastika (and on door handles*).

      *Were I the person who first grabbed a shit covered door handle and found out who did it later they’d get a tire iron to L5-S1

      1. Me too. But I am still not sure what the hell is was supposed to mean or how it was racist. It is just fucking gross. I don’t see how race has anything to do with it.

        1. It looked like a swastika, that does not mean it was a swastika. It is such a stupid story.

          My freshman year of college there was a kid who would get “angry drunk” and beat up urinals, eventually kicking one off a wall and throwing it out the third story window. He did not do it because it was a racist, he did it because he was a disgusting, crazy person.

          1. There was a guy on my dorm floor my sophomore year who was this ginormous Indian. Nicest guy in the world until he got drunk, which was about every Friday night. Then he went fucking crazy. And he was huge. Everyone on the floor loved him and knew he was just a crazy drunk and never would fight him and would try to keep him out of trouble. A few of us once tapped him to his bed in hopes he would stay out of trouble until he sobered up. He ended up chasing us around the floor with the mattress taped to his back. You could barely stay ahead of him because it was so funny you were laughing too hard to run.

  29. I want somebody to start a Yik Yak category called, “Rate my rapist.”

    1. SugarFree – paging SugarFree. Please pick up the nearest courtesy phone….

  30. #fuckyou

  31. The new Nat Hentoff?

    “Famous Harvard professor rips into ‘tyrannical’ student protesters, saying they want ‘superficial diversity'”
    [?]
    “I think the most important thing to point out is the double standard and the hypocrisy,” Dershowitz said. “These are students who want safe spaces for themselves but not for others. They’re prepared to spit on people going out of lectures.”
    Dershowitz is referring an incident after a free-speech conference at Yale earlier this month in which several attendees were spat on and called racist, people who went to the conference told the Yale Daily News. One minority student who attended the conference told the YDN he was called a traitor.
    Further, Dershowitz, who is Jewish, argues that he has been the victim of anti-Semitism and hateful language on campus by the very students who intend to remove all harmful language from campus.”
    http://www.sfgate.com/technolo…..639139.php

    1. The videos of that crazy chick at Yale attacking the dean or whoever he was and the crazy bitch at MU calling in some “muscle” to deal with a sacred junior journalist caused a bunch of these people to get religion. They finally realized just how bad these idiots actually are and that they were no longer confining their efforts to attacking evil conservatives.

      1. Exactly. A lot of the liberals on my campus have, thankfully, come to the conclusion that these protests are bullshit.

    2. It’s cute when the old guard recognizes the monster they’ve helped spawn for what it is.

      1. Nat just needs someone to explain to him that his death, even if it is unjust and done in the same of a lie, is necessary for the revolution and he should be honored to die in that way. He will come around.

    3. When he spoke at the City College of New York (CUNY), he said, he was met with shouts of “Zionists out of CUNY.” At Johns Hopkins there were posters showing his face defaced with Hitler mustaches, he said.

      I really hope that was the local commie dimwits and not the students.

      1. I have always respected and kind of liked Dershowitz. He is obviously a big liberal but he is at least a serious person with some integrity. I guess it was inevitable that they would eventually declare him an enemy of the people.

        1. The outrageous thing was that the feminists were protesting that he was a defense lawyer for accused rapists. They truly want a rigged system where the accusation is sufficient for a conviction.

      2. Nope.

        Alan Dershowitz, a retired Harvard Law professor, writer and political commentator, spoke at the Milton S. Eisenhower Symposium (MSE) on Tuesday in Shriver Hall. He came despite controversy and protest leading up to his arrival on campus.

        His presence was protested by Hopkins Feminists and Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP). Both groups staged independent walkouts during the discussion.

        Dershowitz, to his credit, stepped up

        Dershowitz had a prepared rebuttal with several notes quoting the petition against him.

        “I challenge you to stay and ask me hard questions, challenge me intellectually. In the petition that you put forward you said that Dershowitz has had an accusation of statutory rape brought against him by a former student. I will contribute $10,000 to your favorite charity if you can justify that with any citation,” Dershowitz said. “You just made it up, and you’re lucky that I believe in the first amendment. Because if I didn’t, I could sue you for everything you’re worth for making that false allegation. So I challenge you all. Come up with a citation, apologize or else explain to your deans why you’re prepared to engage in false citations, false allegations. You won’t stay and debate me, so by your own standards you’re trying to silence my views.”

      3. Aren’t students usually the most dimwitted communists anywhere?

        1. Not while we got commie-kid and Jack

    4. The estimable David Thompson refers to it as LETELU: “Looks exotic, thinks exactly like us”.

  32. Yik Yak will not truly become a menace until it’s users begin labeling it with a similar level of importance that the horrible, self-indulgent Tweeters do with Twitter.

    1. I thought they were called twits?

      1. The non-journalist types that use Twitter a lot are horrible, self-indulgent people.

        The journalist types that use Twitter a lot are already horrible, self-indulgent people, but at least they can excuse some of their Twitter use.

  33. So they arrested people for making threats on Yik Yak? Well then I look forward to the impending arrests of the group’s harassing people in the Dartmouth library.

    1. Yeah, I am sure they will get right on that.

      1. Admittedly, I am not holding my breath.

  34. First I’ve heard anyone talk about at all.

  35. Every now and then I check in on Yik Yak (partly because in my day job I’ve been asked to ‘look into it and do something’).

    At least here in Detroit, most of the contributors seem to be African-American, most of the comments are about exams, bathrooms, and the visual attributes of classmates (same and/or different gender, incidentally).

    I understand there have been hateful comments (a whole storm of them during a particular class in a couple of cases) but I’ve never seen them. And, since smartphones use the phone system as well as WiFi, and it would be illegal and dangerous to block Sprint/AT&T/etc., there’s nothing that the university could do about it, even if it wanted to.
    In short, your usual tempest in a teacup.

    1. Dallas was from Phoenix, Cleveland- he was from Detroit and Tex… well I don’t remember where Tex was from!

  36. We are living in the golden age of overreaction,

    Is there a word for making a criticism that applies better to your own statement than to what you are describing. German must have something.

  37. Sometimes dude you jsut have to hit them up thats all man.

    http://www.CompleteAnon.tk

  38. What has happened to the great pedants of the commentariat?

    195 comments– and not one has pointed out that the plural of Cyclops is Cyclopes!

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