The Yo App: When You Just Gotta Say “Yo”

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If you’re wondering “what’s the point of the Yo app,” you’re not alone. Let us explain. Yo is the single-purpose app that allows you to send a “Yo” to someone else. Period. That’s all it does. You can’t customize the message, you can’t do anything else with it. But Yo’s simplicity is also its strength.

Much like sending a poke on Facebook, sending a Yo simply lets the other person know that you are thinking of them, or trying to reach them, or whatever a poke or a “Yo” means to you or them.

[Note: If you got a text message from 917-300-0221, that is Yo’s system providing you with a code to confirm that you want to find friends in your contacts list – sort of a 2-factor authentication.]


Sure, you could send them a text message, but in our beyond-lazy world, that requires so many taps! Yo requires only two taps: one to open the app, one on the name of the friend that you want to Yo. That’s it.

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The app took less than a day to code, and it does only one thing. And, it has raised over $1million in funding!

Pundit Robert Scoble has called it ‘the Pet Rock of 2014’ (do you remember the Pet Rock?). Stephen Colbert has said of Yo that it has “expanded the possibilities for communication by drastically reducing them.”

But not all see it that way.

New York times best-selling author Joel Comm, creator of the wildly successful and #1 downloaded iFart iPhone application, observes that “Yo is proof that you don’t need to create a complex, expensive app to capture the hearts and/or minds of the consumer. If, as Shakespeare said, ‘Brevity is the soul of wit’, Yo demonstrates that less is indeed more.”

And the developer of the Yo app calls Yo the “simplest & most efficient communication tool in the world.”


Yo is a single-tap zero character communication tool.
Yo is everything and anything, it all depends on you, the recipient and the time of the Yo.

Wanna say “good morning”? just Yo.
Wanna say “Baby I’m thinking about you”? – Yo.
“I’ve finished my meeting, come by my office” – Yo.
“Are you up?” – Yo.
The possibilities are endless.

We don’t want your email, Facebook, there is no search, no nothing. just Yo.

Open the app, tap Yo, that’s it.

It’s that simple. Yo.

And whether or not Yo was initially developed as a joke app, as some contend, there is no denying that Yo is easy, and fun. Yo has thousands of fans, churning out 5-star reviews, some real – some tongue-in-cheek:

  • “There are some valid use cases. It’s not about WHAT the message is. It’s about WHO sent it and WHEN. Like white smoke over the Vatican, sometimes you just need a signal and you know what it means.”

  • This app saved the President *****

    by Dislikerebbecablackssongfriday

    I was attending one of President Barack Obama’s promotional speeches about healthcare the other day when out of the corner of my eye I saw a suspicious looking man. He was wearing a long black trench coat and looked to have a weapon hidden underneath it. In my state of panic, I was worried I would not be able to act in time to save our country’s leader. As I glanced down to my iPhone sitting in my lap I quickly opened up the app “Yo” and immediately yo’d Obama himself. He received my yo and instantly became aware of the situation. He dashed away from the podium just as the man fired a shot of his sniper rifle. It was truly something to see. I can’t thank yo enough for the justice it served to our nation. Thanks yo!


  • The Most Eye-Opening App Ever *****

    by ThePearls

    If you’re like me, you live in a world where you feel as if there is something that belongs in the world but is not yet there. I used to be sad and depressed, realizing that life has no meaning. Then I discovered Yo, and everything changed. In a day, I went from being thoroughly upset to happy as could be. Yo has replaced the religion that I once practiced and is the only greater power over me. I enjoy sending “Yo”s to the Yo Gods to express my sincere thanks for creating such an awe-inspiring app. Thank you for your commitment towards bettering the quality of life of the human race.


  • Confusingly, there is also an app called “Yo!”, which is completely different (it is a texting and international calling app). You can tell them apart quickly in the iTunes and Google Play store by their logos.

    This is the Yo app’s logo – this is the app we are talking about:

    yo app logo real one


    This is the Yo! app – this is the wrong one:

    yo! app logo

    You can download Yo for the iPhone here.

    You can download Yo for Android here.

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