Yo Has Spawned An Army Of Clones
Yo, a so-dumb-it’s-smart (?) app now valued at $10 million following its $1.5 million seed funding round, lets you send brief audio messages to friends that simply say “Yo.” I’m not making this up. This is Idiocracy in action, my friends.
The buzz around Yo was nearly as deafening as that around Flappy Bird for basically the same reasons: This? This is a thing?!
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And when there’s buzz, there are those who look to ride the coattails of what they believe is the next new wave – in this case, the future of mobile messaging…perhaps. Single-purpose, push button apps may actually have a variety of use cases thanks to their simplicity, the argument goes. Yo has been warning Israeli citizens of missile strikes, for example. Yo also now has its own IFTTT channel, for a variety of alerts. But the hype around Yo has led to the creation of a variety of Yo-like services.
Some are meant to be parodies, like the hilarious Yo, Hodor, while others are sent to our inboxes with straight-faced pitches about how such-and-such is the new and improved Yo, for real.
Behold, all the many Yo clones.
TAP, a self-described “Snapchat for Location” also lets you broadcast your location to friends, without you even having to unlock your phone. Founded by TED fellow Apurv Mishra, the app also claims to be 4 times faster than Yo.
Download: TAP has yet to launch, but appears to be aiming for iOS and Android.
Yo Messenger doesn’t try to hide its Yo inspiration while targeting users with a slightly more advanced feature set that lets you send one-word messages like “OK” or “Loveyou” instead of just “Yo.”
A Draper University participant has built aiYo, the “Yo for India” along with a small team. The project took about 8-10 hours to complete. aiYo is also a parody of Yo, the creators explained.
“The reason for this parody is the absurdness that we cannot comprehend. People struggle day in and day out and do not get a face to face with an investor and Yo gets a funding of $1.2 million,” said team member Rohith Veerajappa. Download: Android
While some people were content sending “Yo’s” to each other, the team behind this app felt that a “Yo” wasn’t enough. With Oye, you can send an “Oye!” instead. Plus, the company told us, the app was designed to have more of an “Indian feel.”
“The Indian feeling and simplicity are what we think will differentiate Oye! from other messaging and communication apps,” they told us.
I don’t even…
“We read some news about Yo and we thought that might be a great chance to make fun of them,” he said.
Download: APK file directly from the Hehehe.im website.
AHOY was a weekend project built by engineers at Confide, a somewhat more serious mobile messaging company backed by $2 million. Like a few of the other clones, AHOY sends its greeting alongside your current location.
Like Yo, but instead of sending audio greetings, you press and hold on someone’s name to send them hearts instead.
And your hearts get bigger the more you receive.
Oi is a simple way to communicate, but instead of shouting Yo, it shouts Oi.
Another parody app – this one just says ‘sup!
Not enough Yo copycats for you? (There are actually several more on Google Play, but having 10 downloads probably doesn’t warrant inclusion in a round-up.)
Still, if you think the perfect Yo clone has not yet been built, then there’s actually this Yo App clone script available.
Yo, go clone your own Yo.