Think Before You Yak
So, by now, about every college student has at least heard of Yik Yak. For those who haven’t, it’s a sort of anonymous bulletin board where you can post anything you want about whatever you want. It tends to center its areas around college campuses, and tends to be really big with students. Here at ASU, it’s relatively popular, and you can find posts about nearly anything. A couple of examples I just found include:
“I haven’t eaten at the caf since October.”
“PSA: update your iphones now! New update has multiracial emojis!”
“Just left the MCS computer lab and there are like ten beautiful girls in there.”
And, my personal favorite of the day:
“April=National GPA awareness month.”
Now, with any social media, it has its ups and downs. I specifically chose these posts, because some of the others I’ve seen aren’t exactly G-rated. You can find a post on just about any subject, and I do mean ANY subject. As I drove around campus talking to students about it, I learned about both positive and negative things found on Yik Yak in the past year. The two that particularly stuck out (on completely opposite ends of the spectrum) were yakkers posting about a reward for details leading to the arrest of someone who was breaking into cars and some yakker threatening to pull a fire alarm.
As social media develops, we see different ways of connecting and getting your word out. But here are a few things to think about when posting:
Be smart about your post.
Anonymous or not, if you’re threatening to pull a residence hall fire alarm, don’t you know that RAs are on Yik Yak, too? If you follow through with something like that, all they have to do is check the security cameras. Have some common sense, people. All you’re doing is leaving evidence for when you get caught. Have fun explaining that to a judge.
Don’t hide behind anonymity to be rude.
If someone posts something you disagree with, comment what you have to say and leave it at that. Don’t be a troll. Nobody likes that. There’s a reason trolls were creepy and lived under bridges in fairy tales.
Hop on every once in a while to keep up with the pulse of the campus.
Sometimes, it’s refreshing to get the snarky anonymous news view of the strange things that happen on campus.
Now that you’ve heard what I have to say, you can see what other students had to say when I did a round of Cart Questions on Yik Yak.