What is it?
The app is out there in English as well as Arabic for Android and iOS users. This app is used through its mobile app which is available on App Store and Google Play Store and also through its web site. The app has additionally become a trend on Snapchat, Facebook, Instagram with individuals linking their Sarahah profiles to Snapchat, Facebook, Instagram stories.
The Google Play Store description reads “Sarahah helps people self-develop by receiving constructive anonymous feedback.” The Sarahah website reads:
“This app will help enhance your areas of strength, strengthen areas for Improvement at your workplace and with friends, it will help improve your friendship by discovering your strengths and areas for improvement and let your friends be honest with you.”
How to use it?
The idea is straightforward – you create a Sarahah profile on Sarahah.com which anyone can visit. Now put in your username, name, email, and enter a password. This messaging app doesn’t require your mobile number. Even without logging in, individuals can visit your profile and leave messages, anonymously. If they have logged in, messages are still anonymous by default, however users can opt to tag their identity. On the receivers app, all the incoming messages show up in an inbox, and you’ll be able to flag messages, delete them, reply, or favorite them to find them easily later.
Now, to be fair, the developers are looking at ways to enhance the experience. Privacy options mean that you simply can remove your profile from search results, limiting your audience to folks who you share your profile with, and you can also put off access for unauthorized users – that’s, only folks that are logged in will be able to comment. you’ll also be able to block senders, therefore even if you cannot see the name of the user, they will not be able to send you a message again.
Ultimately though, allowing fully anonymous comments, and not allowing users to respond to messages means that it’s a possible avenue for bullying.
Who made it?
Sarahah app was developed by Zain al-Abidib Tawfiq from Saudi Arabia in 2016.