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Sarahah app isn’t the right application for you if you cannot take criticisms well

Sarahah app is a light-weight application with a simple idea of letting people provide anonymous feedback to its users. You can create a Sarahah profile, which anyone may visit, this enables you to receive messages from friends and colleagues. Even without logging in, people can visit your profile and leave messages, anonymously. If they have logged in, messages are still anonymous by default, but users can choose to tag their identity.

Sarahah app

On the receivers app, all the incoming messages show up in an inbox, and you can flag messages, delete them, reply, or favourite them to find them easily later.After downloading, you need to set up your profile with a custom url, for an example rohit89.sarahah.com (be kind, please). Once the set up is complete, you are given four options: Messages (a dashboard for all the sent, received and favourited messages), Search, Explore (the app says it’s a new feature in the works), and Profile.

Sarahah Trend

The Sarahah app is currently the fourth top trending application in the Apple app store. On Google Play Store, the messaging application has now entered the “5,000,000-10,000,000” installs range. It even topped the list of free apps on Apple’s app store recently. It has taken hold in the social media sphere over the past week, joining trends such as Prisma app that rose quickly in public consciousness. You would be surprised to learn that the Sarahah app is actually a few months old, and has already been a hit in regions such as Egypt and Saudi Arabia, according to a BBC report.

 Sarahah Alert

Sarahah app

Though Saraha app has become very popular, it’s quite polarising. For instance, although it has (at the time of writing) 10,305 5-star reviews on Google Play, it’s also got 9,652 1-star reviews, showing a near 50-50 split in opinion. The creators described it by saying: Sarahah helps people self-develop by receiving constructive anonymous feedback.

Even if we trust the developers’ vision — people sending you honest messages and perhaps constructive criticism, it’s still very risky. It could be a weapon for cyber bullies. Therefore, it is worth noting that Google, Facebook and Twitter have worked hard over the years to have people provide their true identities. Though these platforms still grapple with the menace of trolling, hate messages and even life threats. Signing up with Sarahah could mean you are deliberately exposing yourself to these threats online. However, users’ have a mixed opinion on this issue, such as:

Sarahah literally means honesty in Arabic. With Arabic script in the app title, it allows you to send anonymous messages. The trouble is, there is no way the receiver can reply.

Another comment on Google Play Store reads:

“For all you people complaining that this promotes bullying is totally wrong. It is completely the user’s fault for putting themselves online for anyone to say anything anonymously about them. It’s simple, if you dont want to get bullied, just don’t use the app. Don’t fish for comments and complain,” says Firaga.

Sarahah app

The Sarahah app experience helps deliver quick messages; but this isn’t the first anonymous messaging app we’ve seen that blew up in popularity though. Yik Yak, Secret and Whisper are some of the popular apps in recent times to try and fill this function.
For the most part, those apps have been more social, making the interactions more public. Sarahah’s focus is more on messaging and less on social media. So visiting another users’ profile won’t show anything, unless they choose to make the posts public.

Ultimately though, allowing fully anonymous comments, and not allowing users to respond to messages means that it’s a possible avenue for bullies and threats.