Sarahah: Four things you should know about popular app
By Brett Molina, USA Today
With 4 million downloads and 15 million users, the app has a strong user
base. Time The current top app on Apple's mobile marketplace isn't Facebook
or Snapchat, but a new social media app called Sarahah . The app created by
Saudi developer ZainAlabdin Tawfiq allows users to receive anonymous
comments. According to a description of Sarahah , the app "helps you in
discovering your strengths and areas for improvement by receiving honest
feedback from your employees and your friends in a private manner. A
screenshot of the social networking app Sarahah. (Photo: Sarahah) Sarahah
has been the top app on Apple's App Store since July 17, says app research
firm App Annie, and has been the iPhone's top app by downloads in 25
countries. So, why is Sarahah so popular? Here are four'things you should
know about it: The core of Sarahah is the ability to leave "constructive
feedback" to users. You can find people by using the app's search feature.
If you prefer reading comments from anyone, it's set by default in the app.
But you can limit this to only people who have a Sarahah account. Users can
also remove themselves from search and choose to to share a web link
(example: username.sarahah.com) with the people they want to receive
anonymous messages. The app logs comments you have received, sent and
favorited. That's the closest you get to a "follow" option if you want to
continue sending feedback to a user. Currently, there's no way to respond to
a message, but according to Sarahah's website, they are "studying this
option. Sarahah follows a long line of social networking apps allowing its
users to leave anonymous comments or ask anonymous questions. In some cases,
users might share a screenshot of the message or question on another
service'like Twitter and Snapchat, then leave an answer. Here's where the
anonymity of Sarahah becomes not so fun: people can sometimes be mean.
Several reviews on Apple's App Store cite a lot of the bad comments as
reason for giving Sarahah a weak rating. As one reviewer on the App Store
puts it, with a review titled Accessory to Cyber Bullying: "What did you
think was gonna happen if you let people text other people anonymously?
Follow Brett Molina on Twitter: @brettmolina23 .
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