Sarahah, which translates to "honesty" in Arabic, was developed by Zain al-Abidin Tawfiq, a Saudi programmer. People are sharing the anonymous confessions they received on Sarahah, and they're posting them on Twitter.
The idea is so popular, Sarahah was on top of Apple App Store in over 30 countries in July. ALSO READ: Sarahah app: Do we really need an "honest" messaging app? According to a BBC report, this has over 300 million users already.
While users have exercised their discretion in signing up for the app, from that point on their discretion is limited and they might be receiving far too many spam or negative messages. Well, if so, you may be wondering what exactly is that. The app has also become extremely popular on Snapchat with people linking their Sarahah profiles to Snapchat Stories.
Yes, Sarahah app is meant for sending and receiving feedback from others, anonymously. This messaging app doesn't require your mobile number, which makes sense given this is about anonymity.
Unlike other social media platforms, users don't have to send or accept friend requests.
Remember Orkut's testimonials? Where a friend can post what they feel about us and we are left feeling good for the rest of the day?
Users register and then get a link they can give to anyone. Obviously, the constructive part is lost on most folks. When someone is about to send a comment to another person, the form does ask the commenter to say something constructive. Is it like a regular messaging app?
How to use Sarahah app? But the app has a tab where new features are soon to be added in the next update. Well, the app doesn't show up any information about the sender. The anonymity factor can encourage people to slander, bully or send threatening messages to someone they don't like. Next up, there's an "Explore" tab which isn't live yet. We're not sure what the developers plan to do with this. Of the 22,000 reviews in the Google Play store, 8,000 are five-star ratings, and 8,000 are one-star ratings, with a lot of people complaining about glitches.
Finally, let us point out some of the important terms and conditions, which most of us tend to ignore and accept before registering. What helps is that the receiver can not respond to the messages sent either, at least not on Sarahah.
This app sounds like a nightmare.
Is Sarahah becoming a haven for cyber-bullies? The problem is that avoiding some of the hate on the app is not easy. What sets it apart from a WhatsApp or Facebook Messenger is the one-way interaction where users can leave a message for a friend or a colleague while keeping their identity anonymous. These options can be found under settings.
First and foremost, you would want to install app. However, the recipient can choose which messages to share on social media.
While I'm not concerned about technical difficulties, I am concerned about the vulgarity and inappropriate comments anonymous apps always seem to breed.
Sarahah won't disclose the identity of the logged-in senders to users except with their consent. Are you missing out on something if not using Sarahah?