Casey Newton @CaseyNewton I write The Interface. Get it by email: bit.ly/2yTbZcK | [email protected] | instagram + snap: @crumbler May. 08, 2019 1 min read

It’s nice to see something succeeding with SnapKit, but there’s never been an anonymous Q&A app that didn’t
- promote widespread bullying; and
- fizzle out within a few months

 https://techcrunch.com/2019/05/08/download-yolo-app/ 

Given that, it’s weird to see the founder position YOLO as a crazy experiment whose virality was unforeseeable. In fact, we’ve seen the same app go viral now many many times

Earlier anonymous Q&A apps like  http://Ask.fm  and Formspring were linked to suicides of the same young people YOLO is now targeting on Snapchat. I wrote this story six years ago and it’s sad to see how little has changed  https://www.theverge.com/2013/9/17/4740902/no-good-answers-why-didnt-ask-fm-learn-from-the-formspring-suicides 


You can follow @CaseyNewton.



Bookmark

____
Tip: mention @threader_app on a Twitter thread with the keyword “compile” to get a link to it.

Enjoy Threader? Sign up.

Threader is an independent project created by only two developers. The site gets 500,000+ visits a month and our iOS Twitter client was featured as an App of the Day by Apple. Running this space is expensive and time consuming. If you find Threader useful, please consider supporting us to make it a sustainable project.