Yo started as a joke. Described as the “simplest and most efficient communication tool in the world,” it allows you to connect with people and send a single word — yo — back and forth.
That concept somehow caught on, and thousands of people installed the app. More than 3,000 people have rated the app on iTunes to date, leaving satisfied reviews like these:
- “I met my wife on Yo.” —Bradley
- “If you haven’t Yo’ed you haven’t lived.” —Anna
- “This app makes all other inventions obsolete.” —Mohammad
Sure, it’s a joke. But people have found a surprising number of ways to make Yo somewhat useful. Let’s take a look!
Send Your Location
If you want to quickly let someone know where you are, you can do so with a yo. Simply double-tap on their username in your Yo contact list, and they will receive your exact location, with the option of opening Maps to navigate to you.
Send a Photo or Link
If you copy an image or link to your clipboard, you can tap and hold someone’s name to send it to them through Yo. Sure, there are plenty of other ways to do this, but Yo makes it quick and effortless.
Remember Where You Parked
There are a bunch of interesting applications in the Yo Store within the app. One such app is CarLocator, which allows you to send a Yo Location to save the location of your car when you park — then just send another yo to get it back.
Get Notified About New Instagram Photos
Using the Instagram app from the Yo Store, you can receive a yo whenever your favorite Instagrammer uploads a new photo. Instagram doesn’t offer this functionality out of the box, so this is a pretty cool way of getting it done.
Get Notified About Popular Tweets
The Yo Twitter app will notify you of the most popular tweets from your favorite Twitter users in real time. For example, if you subscribe to Marc Andreessen’s most popular tweets, you’ll get a yo whenever one of his tweets hits 100 retweets.
News & Entertainment: Just a Yo Away
Some of the most popular news publications in the world use Yo apps to send you yos about popular stories. Among them are The Huffington Post, TechCrunch, Engadget, Wired, Mashable, DailyMail, USA Today, BuzzFeed, The Los Angeles Times, BBC, NBC, and Ad Age.
SonyPictures will yo you the link when it releases a new trailer. StumbleUpon will yo you the link to any article that gets >50k views. Showtime will yo you when it has news about premier dates, casting announcements, first-look trailers, new series, and events. FunnyOrDie will yo you the very best Funny Or Die content — 100k views and 80% funny votes.
You can add all of these by visiting the Yo Store.
Get a Yo When Your Package Arrives
With the YoMyPackage app, you can be notified in the best possible way when your package arrives — with a yo. It supports tracking numbers from FedEx, USPS, UPS, and LaserShip.
Make a Perfect Hard-Boiled Egg
How do you make a perfect hard-boiled egg? Easy: put an egg in a pot of cold water, bring it to a boil, and send a yo to HardBoiledYo. You’ll get a yo when it’s done. Follow the same process with SoftBoiledYo for a perfect soft-boiled egg.
Who needs a timer when you have Yo?
Yo for Business & Finance
Apparently, Yo is also a platform for economic updates. MarketWatch will yo you when there’s a major market move. You can yo CoinBase for the current Bitcoin price, and they’ll yo you if it moves 10% in 24 hours. YoBuffett will yo you the latest Warren Buffett news from The Wall Street Journal. NewAcquisition will yo you when a startup gets acquired. NewLeak will yo you when tech news is leaked.
Track Your Daily Water Intake
If you want to start tracking your daily water intake, it’s as easy as sending a yo to YoWater each time you drink a glass.
Turn Your Lights Off
Using this IFTTT recipe, you can connect Yo to your Phillips hue connected lights and turn them off remotely — with a simple yo.
Get Out of a Meeting
If you ever need an excuse to get out of a meeting, this IFTTT recipe will call you when you send a yo.
Apparently, Yo Can Be Useful
What started as a joke and a completely useless app has evolved into a facilitator for quite a few very useful functions. Notifications are probably Yo’s biggest highlight — the app enables push notifications that no other service currently offers. But there are a ton of other applications on the Yo Store and IFTTT, and I encourage you to check them out!
What do you think about Yo? Do you use it for anything productive? Did we miss any useful integrations? Do these hacks make the app worth using? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!