August 12, 2014
Yo! The surprisingly popular single-tap zero-character communication app Yo has just received its first major update. Now, the app that has earned itself quite a reputation as a virtually featureless messaging app has gained several significant features — while retaining its core capability of enabling communication with just "Yo." First off, the new version of Yo gives you the option to show your name and photo, thereby minimizing user confusion by enabling other users to properly associate you with your username. You can also swipe right on a username to see the name and photo of the corresponding user. Yo now also lets you attach a link to your Yo. Just copy a link from another app to your device's clipboard, open the Yo app, and tap and hold on a recipient's username to send the link as an attachment to your Yo. In line with this new feature, you can now also open a link attached to a Yo by tapping a Yo notification with an asterisk next to it. The first major update to Yo also introduces the concept of #hashtags to the app. As noted by the Yo team in a new blog post:
Yo Hashtags are a new and easy way for people to show their love for a cause, a person, a political figure, a brand, #CATS or #DOGS, #OBAMA or #CLINTON, #THEWIRE or #BREAKINGBAD, #TECHCRUNCH or #MASHABLE, #GAYMARRIAGE, #BRINGBACKOURGIRLS, … you get the point …You can create a hashtag just by adding it in the Yo app. You can then spread the word about it and swipe right on it to see how many Yos it has received. Perhaps the most interesting addition to Yo, though, is the Yo Index. The Yo Index serves as a one-stop shop of sorts for a number of services that are integrated with Yo's notification platform, most notably including IFTTT. If you see something that may be of interest or use to you, you can subscribe to it right there and get notified for it via Yo. The new version of Yo also includes bug fixes and other minor improvements. Optimized for iPhone and iPod touch running iOS 6.0 or later, Yo is available on the App Store for free. For more recently updated messaging apps, albeit ones of a more conventional bent, see also: BBM for iOS updated with redesigned interface to make adding contacts easier, LoveByte 2.0 offers new design and more features for couples in love, and Pinterest launches new messaging feature for starting conversations around pins.
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