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Sarahah App is Going Viral and We Wonder Why?!

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If you are someone who takes criticism in a positive way, then you should sign up on Sarahah. Otherwise, this app isn’t meant for you!

Taking the internet by storm lately is a new instant messaging app – Sarahah. This app has turned out to be a rage on the web, and is currently on the fourth top trending apps in the Apple Play Store. Also, on Google Play Store, this app has earned 5,000,000 – 10,000,000 installs. Not only this, Sarahah has also topped the list of free apps on Apple’s Play Store.

The word ‘Sarahah’ is an Arabic word which literally means Honesty. There is Arabic script in the title and it basically allows people to send anonymous messages. However, there is no option for the receiver to reply. According to the website, the purpose of this messaging app is to “get honest feedback from your co-workers and friends.”

The website added about the Sarahah and said that this app will help in “enhancing your areas of strength, strengthening Areas for Improvement at your workplace” and with friends, it will help “improve your friendship by discovering your strengths and areas for improvement.”

Sarahah: Is it a new Secret app?

Previously in the year 2014, there was a messaging app called “Secret” that had gone viral just like Sarahah. The Secret app was a social platform that allowed users to send anonymous messages to people. It was valued at $100 Million and was pulled down by the developers after one year of going viral. The reason behind the pull down of this app was a lot of legal issues and allegations of encouraging bullying.

The Founder of Secret, David Byttow said in a blog post while he announced the app shutdown, “This has been the hardest decision of my life and one that saddens me deeply. Unfortunately, Secret does not represent the vision I had when starting the company, so I believe it’s the right decision for myself, our investors and our team.”

How Does Sarahah Work?

Sarahah is a light-weight application and it was tried on Thursday first on iOS version. After you download this app, you have to set up your profile with a custom url. Further, when the set up is complete, you will get four options: Messages, Search, Explore and Profile. Message option is a dashboard for all the received, sent and the messages you have made favorite. Explore is a latest feature in the works according to the app.

The email notifications, push notifications and other such elements can be further controlled by clicking on the Settings icon. This Settings icon is located on the top right corner. You can disable or enable “appear in search” and “receive messages from non-registered users” for privacy reasons. The languages supported by this app currently are English and Arabic. Sarahah can be installed on both Android and iOS and is absolutely free.

Sarahah: Is it as Fancy as it Looks?

Just imagine getting honest messages that can either be full of love or plain criticism. It can hamper a person’s thinking process and could even prove to become cyber bully. Social Networking Sites like Facebook and Twitter have really worked hard to gain people’s trust so that they can share their true identities on a particular platform. Although, few social sites still have bullies polluting the platform by sending hate messages, trolling, and also life threats. So, even if we trust the Developer’s good intentions behind coming up with Sarahah, you can be exposed to some online threats.

Users who have an account on the latest Sarahah app have mixed opinion on this issue. We are sharing some user’s comments we saw on the Google Play Store:

“Great concept and fun! (Unless you’re one using it to bully others, then, not cool). My 2 biggest complaints are that you can’t search people using the ‘search’ function (no one I know pops up even when I search by the username) and that you can’t message the person back. Fix this and this app would be great,” says Cara Wilson.

“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 don’t want to get bullied,  just don’t use the app. Don’t fish for comments and complain,” Firaga.

We’re not really sure if this user comment is true, but if it is, it’s quite devastating.

“My friend attempted suicide because of what people were saying to her over this. This app is worse than ask.fm. This needs to be taken off the app store immediately it’s not safe all it is a way for kids to harass others with no penalties. Whoever came up with this app was really dumb for creating it. I hope there can be consequences for the creator for allowing people to harass others to the point of someone wanting to kill themselves. Good job creator,” Jordan Emerson.

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