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Sarahah app: Do we really need an 'honest' messaging app?

Sarahah is the top trending app on Apple Store right now.

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Born in the middle-east, Sarahah app is the new trend in India. Facebook timelines are flooded with sponsored posts, which have an illustration of a white envelope against a turquoise blue background, that reads, “Let me know what you think of me :)”. Developed by Zain al-Abidin Tawfiq, the app was released in June this year, and has suddenly shot to fame. Available both on iOS and Android, the app already has over five million downloads on Google Play Store, and reportedly as many on iOS as well. In fact, on today s trends on App Store, Sarahah app reflects in the top trending apps on the store. Also Read - Top 5 best stock trading apps in India in 2021: Tradingview, investing.com, INDmoney, more

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What is Sarahah?

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The Sarahah app is essentially a platform for exchanging messages, which however, keeps the identity of the sender a secret. So, if you were to send someone a message, you could choose your recipient, but that person would never come to know who the message came from. Sarahah helps you in discovering your strengths and areas for improvement by receiving honest feedback from your employees and your friends in a private manner, Sarahah s website explains its service. Sarahah calls it the honest website, and the participant on the app as the honest people .

How to use Sarahah?

Creating an account on Sarahah is pretty simple. Download the app, and register with a username, and an email address. The app is divided into four tabs, which are listed below. The first is where all your received, sent and favorited messages sit, second is the search tab, third is the explore tab, and the fourth being the tab for the user s profile. ALSO READ: Lonely Planet launches Trips, an Instagram-like smartphone app

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To send a message on the app, you ll have to look up the person in the search bar, and you d need to know their username of course. Once you spot them, you tap on their username, and you will be led to the next page, where it will read the recipient’s name on the top, with a message reading Leave a constructive message 🙂 below it, and the message box sitting right under that. You can type whatever message you have for the person, and tap on send.

First impressions of Sarahah app

When we briefly tried out the app, we had a bunch of observations. First of all, the app is ridiculously slow. It took over 30 minutes for my message to be delivered to my colleague, with whom I was testing the app. Secondly, the app was constantly prompting us with an overload issue. Thirdly, in between testing, my colleague s account logged her out automatically, after which she was unable to login.

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The fourth issue, is more of a concern than a glitch. While the app, repeatedly calls it an platform for honest people, and the medium to share constructive messages, it has raised worries about online bullying. A platform where you are free to say anything without being able to be identified, can be used in many other ways than just being constructive. There are too many facets of honesty.

And this brings us to the argument do we really need another messaging app, just so that we could be honest with another person? Yes, the app helps you gather courage to say things to some people, you wouldn t have said if you weren t anonymous. However, legitimizing the shield of anonymity could be borderline dangerous. Not just bullying, this could be used for threats, cyber crimes and other such deeds. ALSO READ: How to create lists of your favorite places on Google Maps and share with your friends

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  • Published Date: August 10, 2017 11:59 AM IST
  • Updated Date: August 16, 2017 3:02 PM IST



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