In this day and age, it’s hard to believe that a service can remain anonymous, it only needs location. YikYak is banned in schools within the UK, as it can be used as a tool for cyber bullying. The app is banned for Under 17s.
There are many reasons why individuals use YikYak:
Individuals use YikYak out of curiosity, something to test and see if they enjoy it. Another reason is to broadcast live events anonymously. For example, what you eat for breakfast, or something that is happening in the area that other individuals may want to know about.
Yik Yak may also be used as it is simply another platform to spread a message. It could be part of one’s identity and persona to post on the internet. Yik Yak is different to twitter as tweets are read by potential employers. Facebook is kind of private as it’s friends and Family only. Instagram is closer to a personal ID, it’s curated more carefully, whereas YikYak is anonymous. All these social platforms can be quite addictive. For example, Silicon Valley and co sit around a table and decide to design a ‘go-to’ app (perhaps) around messaging… how do they make it addictive? Apps such as Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook are not anonymous, so is there an important place for anonymity in communication? but the surveillance is easier when users are not anonymised, so should anonymity be so readily dismissed? Why shouldn’t people have the option to be anonymous or not? Being anonymous could provide Options that may allow for feedback on opinions, ie. posting on the internet, it gives a ‘temperature reading’ of the opinions given.
Apps such as Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook are not anonymous, so is there an important place for anonymity in communication? but the surveillance is easier when users are not anonymised, so should anonymity be so readily dismissed? Why shouldn’t people have the option to be anonymous or not? Being anonymous could provide options that may allow for feedback on opinions, ie. posting on the internet, it gives a ‘temperature reading’ of the opinions given.
Temperature reading is related to the demographics of the area, language use of the area and the problems/sentiments prevalent in the etc…Temperature reading may allow for problem solving, as a problem shared is a problem halved?…however, it’s important to consider the impact of the negative side of platforms as a problem shared could lead to a problem being doubled. For example, living off ‘likes’ is a potential danger, maybe it’s technology that is the problem, the problem could be the lack of confidence of the individuals behind the screen. We need to build confidence up as to who we are and what we’re doing. Some people are perhaps confident online but in reality could be the polar opposite.
Erikson– models around the idea of healthy ID’s, the moratorium at a certain point in the life of teenagers, moratorium refers to the space in which individuals are allowed experiment, Facebook no longer allows individuals to experiment etc, opposed to Snapchat where pictures disappear within 5-10 seconds. Snapchat brings the return of the ‘ethemeral’ (Wispy’s here one minute, gone the next’. Ephemeral also refers to the notion that individuals are on the edge/exploring sense of self, and snapchat enables them to do that. The concepts also link to Dana Boyd’s digital anthropologist.
I tried YikYak out of curiousity and found it quite surprising that it is popular and many people use it. Some of the comments I found useful and funny, like the free burger at The Union and how someone corrected my Yak to student loans* which I must admit I chuckled at. Before you Yak the user is given rules and I found that quite useful as it was a reminder on how to behave on YikYak. I think other Social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook should have a set of rules in addition to having the options to reporting tweets or profiles