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Yo, that stupidly simple messaging app, now has a million users

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Yo, a viral messaging app that arose from an April Fools joke, now has over one million users.

Last week, news broke that the ridiculously simple app had pulled in $1.2 million in angel funding. The app only allows users to send the word “Yo” to other users — similar to the functionality of Facebook’s original “Poke” feature —  and yet it appears to have surpassed the million user milestone.

According to the company’s official Twitter account, it surpassed 1 million users in four days:

This traction, however, may be short-lived, as disbelief and shock over the app’s existence fades. For now, the app still ranks quite high in Apple’s App Store, according to app store tracking site App Annie. Here’s a look at the app’s growth rate on iOS in the U.S. and overall:

Yo App Annie

For more on Yo, check out these six unbelievable quotes about the app.

Via: The Wall Street Journal.

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41 comments
Niban Rai
Niban Rai

yea, time for Bubble but time should just stick to this state for abt a yr before i make smthing outta this bubble. And then OK Bubble :).

Linda Thompson
Linda Thompson

I love Yo. I send a Yo to my boyfriend and when he sends one to me I laugh out loud it is cute fun and I know he is thinking of me.

Max
Max

obviously they're paying good money for it

Davide Cecchini
Davide Cecchini

With so much press any app could get millions in few days. Excellent P.R. indeed.

Mattia Mauceri
Mattia Mauceri

It is unbelievable! 1.000.000 users for a useless app? After this news I am really struggling to define what a good idea is!

Liangjun Jiang
Liangjun Jiang

I think the app does something in people's normal life: they just want to say yo to someone.

Yaeli Ayalon
Yaeli Ayalon

Agreed, but then stop calling it "stupid" .....

narucy narucy
narucy narucy

Actually, App naming is better than Whatsapp. (Well, It's worst possible app name.  We can not out the idea more worse app name)

Aamer Zangi
Aamer Zangi

One of the Customer Reviews for YO at the Apple App Store: I'm finally living again by Samthestreetsurfer123 for the longest time I was in a slump, my budget was very tight, my marriage was falling apart, my kids were against me, I lost my job, my dog died, I crashed my car, and I had just gotten kicked off of my local basketball team. I lost my will to live, and then I found 'YO' this is app exudes joy. and nothing else, this app has made me forget everything around me and it has brought me back to living again. I can't explain it with English words, the simplistic design has boosted my confidence and also taught me a life lesson: my joy is based off of my choice. and the choice I made to set my thumb on my home button to download this app was by far the best decision I've ever made, all of my life affairs have been recovered, I sent my wife that was leaving me a "YO" and now we're back and better than ever, I sent my children a "YO" and they never want to leave my side, I sent my ex boss a "YO" and he gave me the business, I gave my dead dog a "YO" and he hasn't responded, but that doesn't phase me because I'm busy "YOing" other people that send back. and I also have had the money to buy a brand new car in cash. a 2014 VW passat. my thanks and praise go to YO. get the app. fix your life.

Jeaneen Alise
Jeaneen Alise

A million users but a b!tch ain't one... Lol

Harrison Weber
Harrison Weber

Well, that's a big milestone. It's worth highlighting the traction.

Yoosuf Muhammad
Yoosuf Muhammad

Downloaded, and deleted it. Am I count in that number ?

David Catalovski
David Catalovski

Quick hurry with the hype articles and $17bn valuations before it becomes the next SongPop

Jay Juraj Surovy
Jay Juraj Surovy

great timing and momentum. Thats how you get 1mil users...

Yaeli Ayalon
Yaeli Ayalon

well maybe if you all stop writing about it, people will be less curious and inclined to install it.....

Eric Hellweg
Eric Hellweg

Not a bubble.. Passing fad. The sheep will stop using it as soon as the new factor wears off.

Isuru Suharshana
Isuru Suharshana

bubble of course, and i dont understand why these people are funding those shit