There is a new app which is going viral on the web and it is called Sarahah.
Yes, that is the exact question millions of web users have as they see the Sarahah app popping up on their Facebook feeds. It is all over the place. You may have probably heard about the app already if you are on Facebook or Snapchat. It has become very popular, especially with the Facebook users because it is coming in their news feed.
Let’s get all your questions answered here.
Sarahah is an app which can be downloaded on Android and iOS devices. It is available on Google Play Store as well as on App Store.
The app was released on the Play Store back February, and within just a few months the app has been spreading rapidly and has managed to get over 5 million downloads already. The reason is simple: figuratively and literally.
There are basically two reasons why Sarahah app is going viral. One, it is a very simple app to use. All you need to do is sign up for it and then share your ID with friends or anybody. After that you will get messages, which come up in a simple readable chat bubble. Posting messages is simple and the receiving them is simpler.
The big reason why Sarahah app is popular is because it panders to the narcissist within us. For a generation that has grown up on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter these platforms essentially all about self-obsession, Sarahah provides an another outlet that help web users to understand that the world doesn’t revolve around them. And it allows to say anything you want to say to somebody.
It allows sender an option to anonymously send a message, Sarahah allows a user to get the direct feedback from the world. It could be great feedback, bad, nice things or nasty messages. But all of them are about the user. That’s why the app is making the social media users go wow. But we get ahead of ourselves.
Let’s take a closer look at the Sarahah app.
Sarahah is an anonymous messaging app that lets people send messages to any random person if that person has the app installed.
To find that person either you will have the link to that person’s Sarahah profile or you can search for the profile through the user ID or email address.
Although, given the anonymous nature of the app, the search functionality is not as good as what you get in Facebook or Twitter.
So, for example you can’t exactly search for your friend by writing his or her name and up on the Sarahah profile of your friend.
Sarahah, back in February was introduced as a website by Saudi Arabian developer Zain al-Abidin Tawfiq. However, the developer it seems later thought that the service will work best as an app. That is when Tawfiq on June 13 released an app version of Sarahah on both the iOS App Store and Google Play. And as expected, it went viral.
The reason why the app has gone viral is because the receiver of the message doesn’t even get to know the sender’s identity. Basically, the message is sent anonymously. For instance, this is probably a great application to confess anything to someone which probably you can never say to them in person.
Although, if you can’t say something to someone in person, saying it anonymously is not a great idea irrespective of whatever it is.
Is Sarahah app propagating cyber bullying?
However, if not used diligently, this app also has potential to be very risky. Some reports claim that a bunch of people have been misusing the application and using it as a means of cyber bullying.
Considering the fact that people have the freedom to send anonymous messages to anyone, there are reports that some people are misusing the app and are using it as a tool for rampant cyber-bullying. Though some users are taking this as a game and fooling around with friends, there are a bunch people who are using the Sarahah app as a cyber bullying platform. They are sending threatening messages to people and literally bullying them.
The app was introduced just a few months ago and already there multiple cases of cyber bullying related to it. and pre-teens have reportedly been subjected to unsavoury comments and racist remarks in some instances. While on the other, people are using this application to going up to the extent of sending death threats.
A review that was posted on Google Play reads:
“My 13-year-old sister uses this and she got a death threat aimed at our 2-year-old brother.”
After such incidents took place, many parents have reported that the app and said that this is “the newest platform for cyber bullying”.
How to use the Sarahah app?
Now that you know about the app and understand its risks, let’s explain how you can use it.
First step to become a Sarahah user and fool your friends, and confess something to someone is to install the application.
You can download and install it from Google Play Store and App Store.
Upon installing the application, you now need to register with email ID, password, and name. You are now good to go.
After creating an account with the Sarahah app, you can directly share the link to your Sarahah profile with Facebook, Twitter, or any other social media platform to let your friends know.
Now that your friends know you are on Sarahah, they’ll send you an anonymous message, and all you’ll get to see is the message. There’ll be no name, no information about the sender anywhere. Similarly, you can also send messages to your friends. You can only receive the message and can’t reply to in anyway.
However, it seems Sarahah will get that feature soon, as the websites state, “You can’t respond to messages now. We are studying this option.”