Yik Yak is all set to release a Web version of the popular location-based social network app that swept up college students by their feet. It's now going beyond the Android and iOS platforms.
For some, this might not come across as something new. A few months ago, the company invited several people to test out a closed beta of Yik Yak. This time around, everybody has the opportunity to get their hands on it.
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While there are plenty of reasons why this works, Yik Yak took the liberty and listed some of the biggest ones: when the phone's battery is 2 percent, when there's no cell service in the area or when the Yakker just wants to reply "superfast" and can't do so on a touchscreen keyboard. The third one won't pose a problem for the Guinness record holder of being the fastest typist on a virtual keyboard, but that's not the point.
"Whatever the situation, we want you to be able to yak without limitations! And part of helping you connect with the community of Yakkers around you means making it easy for you to do that in whatever way is most convenient for you. So we're giving you the flexibility to yak away with your herd, whether that's on your phone or your computer!" the Yak says.
Without further ado, here's how to start yakking away on the Web:
Step 1: Head on to Yik Yak's main webpage.
Step 2: Click on the Login button at the top-right corner.
Step 3: Enter the phone number you are using on the mobile app version of Yik Yak.
Step 4: To authenticate the Web session, you have to key in a unique pin that'll be sent to your mobile device. As a security measure, Yik Yak says that you only have 30 seconds to do this, and if you missed it, you'll just have to ask for another one.
That's all there is to it, where all your Yik Yak Karma, comments and whatnot will be retained on the Web version. Also, the functions on the mobile app should work the same on the Web, including voting, My Herd and New and Hot feeds, to name a few.
Take note that this is still a public beta, though, so a few bugs here and there shouldn't be surprising to see. On top of that, there are a couple features that only the mobile app has.
With that said, Yik Yak encourages Yakkers to give their feedback as the company seems keen on delivering the best experience possible across the multiple platforms.
As for the non-Yakkers, they will need to download and install the mobile app first. In other words, they won't be able to use the Web client as a standalone app to yak.
At any rate, this is big news for Yakkers everywhere. Yik Yak on the Web simply provides users yet another way to access the app and stay in touch with their herds.