From clandestine crushes to awful bosses, people are always wishing for ways to vent out on someone without breaking the status quo in real life. How do you do it? Well, we have help in the form of the Sarahah anonymous messaging app.
Fortune.com reported in July that Sarahah had rocketed to the top of the charts, becoming the most popular free download from the U.S. iOS App Store, and the second most popular free app on Google Play.
The app was created by a Saudi programmer, Zain al-Abidin Tawfiq. The anonymous messaging feature of the app has made it super popular. Sarahah literally means honesty in Arabic.
Unlike traditional social networks, users cannot interact with one another directly. There is no reply mechanism, or indication of who a message is from. Once downloaded, users need to set up an account on the Sarahah app to start receiving messages. They can share their profile with friends or on their other social media accounts so people can send them anonymous messages. Users can also look up people they know if they have the username in a search section of the app.
New messages appear in a feed on the app, which can be favorited, forwarded or deleted. The sender isn’t alerted about any of these actions. Users can also block senders if they receive a message that is offensive or makes them uncomfortable. Sarahah doesn’t let users reply to messages or find out who sent them.
The Google Play Store says, ““Sarahah helps people self-develop by receiving constructive anonymous feedback.” It is supposed to be an empowering app which lets friends, colleagues, people at work discover their strengths, areas of improvement. But these things can quickly spiral out of control. The internet still remains a place which brings out the worst in people from trolling to cyber-bulling, Though the app talks about constructive feedback, getting rude messages from anonymous people can be quite nerving for many.
So, like any other messaging app, Sarahah is good or bad, depending on the way you use it.
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