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Free Anonymous Messaging App That’s Now No. 1 On iTunes Has Users Divided
By Yoon Sann Wong, 08 Aug 2017
Recently launched free-to-download app ‘Sarahrah’ has taken over the iTunes chart as well as numerous smartphones. The anonymous messaging tool was built to help users gather honest feedback from their coworkers and friends.
Once you register for an account, you can share your profile link with friends, or declare it publicly, and anyone who has this link can upload messages to your profile. You can’t reply to messages, and you can’t identify who sent the message—unless the sender chooses to reveal his or her identity inside the note. There’s also the option of receiving messages solely from registered users. The app’s description on iTunes writes:
“‘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.”
Since its inception for iOS and Android in June, the app has grown considerably popular. Adweek reports that one contributing factor is the ability for users to share their profile links via Snapchat snaps.
When there’s anonymity, however, comes the possibility of cyber bullying. As reviewer ‘Mr. Couch’ puts it via the App Store:
“This App isn’t for the weak hearted.”
“I adore the app, it’s about constructive criticism. Only your peers, people who you allow to send you messages can and will do so. If you get good heart-warming messages then it makes you feel better about yourself and you enjoy what this app offers,” writes the reviewer.
“On the flip side you will also be prone to receiving negative messages that aren’t very confidence inspiring. You take that risk when you download the app and invite your peers to send you a message. Some are rating this app poorly because their feelings got hurt; it’s not the app developers’ fault. They produced a product that has shown [great] potential. In conclusion this app is a gamble, if you are weak hearted this is not the app for you.”
Last month Business Insider published an article highlighting reviews in the App Store that warned parents and others against using the app due to bullying.
Nevertheless, if you’re keen to try out ‘Sarahrah’, the app’s available via the App Store and Google Play.
[via Adweek, image screenshot via iTunes App Store]
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