The Sarahah app: What, how and why?

Joanna Estrada
August 11, 2017

Sarahah, created by Saudi developer ZainAlabdin Tawfiq, has gone viral and allows anonymous messaging.

Interestingly, Sarahah is an anonymous messaging app that enables you to send messages without logging in. Sarahah app is said to "enhance your areas of strength, strengthen Areas for Improvement at your workplace" and also "improve your friendship by discovering your strengths and areas for improvement".

A new app called Sarahah has become something of an unexpected viral hit, shooting up the charts in multiple App Stores and Google Play Stores across the world. Among this soaring popularity, IBTimes Singapore has handpicked top 5 best Sarahah messages on the internet. The anonymity factor can encourage people to slander, bully or send threatening messages to someone they don't like. In a nut shell, you can say anything to anyone, even something embarrassing, without the awkwardness that would have ensued if the message was conveyed in person.

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.

It is free to download and like most social media apps asks users to create a profile with a username, email ID and a password to keep communications secure. However, that person has to be a Sarahah user as well. In the past, we have seen apps such as Yik Yak, Whisper, Connected2, and Secret that are identical to that of the Sarahah app. Privacy features include blocking senders, taking off your profile from search results, and only allowing individuals who you've shared your profile with to post on your page. Well, there is an app for you that lets you do this anonymously. However, if not used properly, this app can definitely prove risky.

"Sarahah helps people self-develop by receiving constructive anonymous feedback", read Sarahah's description on Google Play Store. All received, sent and favourite messages appear in "Messages" tab. You can also send anonymous messages to your friends the same way. Another setting ensures that non-registered users can't message you on the app. Reply, for some weird reason, lets you forward a message to friends via social media platforms such as Facebook, Messenger, Snapchat, WhatsApp, and more.

If they have logged in, messages are still anonymous by default, but users can choose to tag their identity. In case you're wondering what's so unique about it, Sarahah lets you do so by keeping your identity concealed. Users even have the option of blocking certain users if they want.

So should you be using Sarahah?

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