We messed up. Here’s why we’re making handles optional again and bringing back the Hot feed.


Earlier this year we introduced optional handles to help you recognize and feel closer to the other Yakkers who make your community unique and awesome. And we got so excited about how we saw some communities use them to facilitate connections and form more tightly-knit herds that we decided to make handles part of every yak or reply. The thing is, we were so focused on one side of why handles are great that we didn’t think enough about why there’s a benefit to having the choice of whether or not to show your handle. 

So what happened? We made a huge change by removing the toggle button on handles, and boy did we hear from you about it – rightfully so. We heard very clearly that having the choice of whether or not to use a handle had given you the freedom to talk openly about a tough personal situation; made it ok to yak about a casual thought you’re still forming an opinion on; taken the pressure off having to always post the same type of content just because you’ve built a recognizable personality around that.

Most of all, we heard that while you like posting with a handle sometimes, by taking away that choice we were starting to break what makes Yik Yak really great and what we built this app for: helping your communities connect.

We messed up by not listening to you before making that change, and we’re sorry for that. That’s why we’re doing a couple big things, effective right now, based on what we’ve heard from you:

  1. Handles are optional again. Show your handle always, sometimes, never – the choice is up to you. Does this mean some communities may have feeds that are full of posts with handles while some may have none? Sure, but that’s ok: these are your communities, and it’s each Yakker’s choice of when – or if – you want to use your handle. Oh, and even better? While handles still default to “on” the first time you yak, each time after that the toggle button will default to whatever setting you’d last chosen. (Yep, we heard you loud and clear on that, too!)
  2. The Hot feed is back. Just about every single person we talked to told us how much they loved and missed their local feed’s Hot yaks. So your herd’s Hot feed is back today, too! If you want to sort by the newest yaks, you can. If you want to scroll through the top-voted yaks first, you can. Either way, the Hot feed gives you the option to quickly hone in on the stand-out content from your herd.

We’ve learned a ton from listening to all of you these past couple months, and our promise to you is that we’ll continue to do so. Yik Yak communities are special because of you – our awesome Yakkers – and we’re 100% committed to making sure we’re doing right by you and your herds. Please keep sharing your feedback with us, because you’re the reason we pour our hearts into Yik Yak every day.

NOTE: To see both of these changes, make sure you’ve updated to the latest version of the Yik Yak app, which you can grab from the App Store or Google Play.