Is YikYak Just A “Bag O’ Glass?” Should It Be Accountable?

Given that I speak on social media and college students, it’s inevitable that the topic of YikYak on campus comes up.  YikYak is an anonymous geosocial app that allows individuals to post and view posts within defined geographic areas.  This geo-functionality is one of the reasons it has become so popular on college campuses and at schools.  Given that residential campuses often have defined populations in defined geographic areas, it is incredibly easy to post to others in the community and see what others are saying around you.

Guest Appearance on HigherEdLive: Social Media/Justice/Change and Yik Yak [VIDEO]

I appeared on a HigherEdLive broadcast along with co-guest, colleague, and friend,  Vernon Wall, and host Heather Shea Gasser to talk about social media and its intersections with social justice and change.  Vernon and I talked about our collaboration on a combined social justice and social media training as well as recent events in higher education surrounding the use of Yik Yak.  See a recording of the episode embedded below. YIKYAK: SOCIAL MEDIA/JUSTICE/CHANGE ORIGINALLY STREAMED LIVE: WED, APR 8, 2015 @ 12:00PM (EST) HOSTED BY: HEATHER SHEA GASSER / HEATHER@HIGHEREDLIVE.COM How does access to a live feed of what people around… Read More

Listening In On And Making Sense of the NASPA Yik Yak Backchannel at #NASPA15 #YY15

As someone who researches social media and the higher education environment, it is rare that I come across an example of something that points the microscope inwards towards the behaviors, actions, thoughts and attitudes of higher education and student affairs professionals themselves.  At the NASPA conference this year, that exact thing happened.  (It also happened at other professional conferences this year, but none as big… nor reported on…) After viewing some of the comments posted to the social media app Yik Yak (an anonymous geo-location commenting tool), the Chronicle of Higher Education posted this… Read More

YikYak: Promoting cultures of bullying and sexual violence on college campuses

YikYak is a new social app released earlier this year that is quickly becoming popular amongst high school and college students across the United States.  Its goal is to serve as “a local bulletin board for your area.”  It uses geolocation on one’s smartphone to allow one to post short statements that are broadcast and searchable by other users in the immediate area.  Users can also “vote up,” “vote down,” or reply to posts.  All of these posts are anonymous.