Description: The following passage mainly focuses on sarahah login. Sarahah is an Arabic word, that means roughly honesty. Sarahah is a free social media app popular with teens that enables them to link the app to their Snapchat account and send anonymous messages to other users.
This is impromptu because I discovered Sarahah, one of my snapchat followers was telling me how to pronounce it, I also looked on Google Translate, I’m so Midwestern, if you’re not familiar with the app Sarahah, it is anonymous messaging app that was launched in February.
Sarahah is Arabic for honesty, it’s loosely translated to those words about speaking openly, it is at the top of the App Store, it was created by a Saudi Arabian developer named Zane, I’m bad at pronouncing things, but Zane is his name, he is a business analyst at an oil company in Saudi Arabia.
He created this app originally with the intention of employees using it at various workplaces to give frank and honest open feedback to their managers without fear of retribution, obviously that was the intention of the app, usually once the user bases take control over the app and start using the app, they can determine how the app is going to be used and what that behavior is going to look like.
Sometimes developers haven’t thought through that yet, especially if it’s a startup app, in Silicon Valley there’s the phrase, move fast and break things, it’s the mentality going on here, they’re not thinking through exactly how people might use the app or the repercussions about the consequences.
They don’t have anything in place to address that until it happens, like a little history he created this back into 2016, he started sharing it with his own friends, everybody was getting excited about it, he wanted to grow the app, he thought that it would be great to get a thousand messages sent.
But they were struggling, it wasn’t popular, they reached a couple of hundred but they didn’t know how to get this popular, at the time Zane was reading a book called the tipping point by Malcolm Gladwell which I’ve been meaning to read and I want to read, there’s this thing in the book that talks about connectors.
Connectors are people in different industries and in your friend groups, they know the right people, they’re very influential, Gladwell has something in the book about seating things out through these connectors, so Zane read that, he found one of his most influential friends and had the friends start seeking it out into the world.
That’s when it started to pick up, the app started becoming popular in different countries, but once it hit Egypt in early 2017, that’s when things took off, that’s when they hit three billion users, it kept going, so he ended up working with other developers to create an English version of the app which was launched in June.
It took off with teens who would share their account URL with Sarahah on their Instagram stories, obviously if you’re not verified in Instagram stories, you can’t swipe out and do anything, people would type it in manually and find their friends.
There was one thing recently that skyrocketed this app to the top of the App Store, that is snapchat’s update on July 5th the link sharing update, the snapchat has a new update where you can now share out links, kids and teens started linking out there Sarahah accounts, so you could swipe up and go immediately to it, that’s when it started spreading like wildfire.
Three days later Sarahah was in the top 1,500 apps in the App Store, a couple of days after that it was in the top 100, a couple of days after that it was number one, it still is to this day surpassing Facebook and Instagram, it’s wild, so I want to know what this app is, I found out about it, I am so behind, I am so irrelevant, but I am catching up, I’m only 25 trying.
When I first encountered this app, the first thing I thought was that this was bad because we all know how the internet works, when it comes to anonymous, I’m not talking about anonymous to the group but anonymity on the internet.
It has a lot of good things about it but it also has a lot of bad dangerous and scary things, anonymity on the Internet is good, it makes the internet interesting and awesome, but with this app you get an account, you can get your own personal account.
People who come and visit your page are met with a page of your name, if you put a profile picture and then a little box, it says leave a constructive message or a little smiley face, people can say whatever they want and submit it, now there is a setting.
If you don’t want people who are not registered to go this message and you only want people who are registered, you can set it up, I have my way up, anybody could go and dump whatever they want in my little box, be evil to me or nice, I don’t know, I would get it immediately, I would get a push notification, it would be in my messages section of people saying whatever they want to me.
What is going wrong? So far I haven’t gotten anything too shitty, but I also have only shared it with snapchat and Instagram stories which are my favorite people, I love my snapchat people so I don’t think they’re going to be shitty to me.
There’s been a little constructive criticism, I want to read you the the meanest comment I’ve gotten so far on Sarahah, it’s not mean, it is constructive criticism, I’m confused by it, but I guess it is constructive criticism, it seems that you’re trying a little too hard on your videos, I still love them and support you, but try to relax a bit.
I don’t get it because I try hard on my videos and I want them to be good, relax a bit, do I seem to be uptight? I’m trying to chill, but I want to be good, thank you for your feedback, other than that everything has been sweet which has been lovely and I feel spoiled by you, you are honestly the best.
What I worry about is the bullying aspect, there’s nothing in place to make this go away or to make the bullying not happen, if there’s any word filtering in place or anything like that which Instagram, Twitter and Facebook have now enabled for users, I asked you on snapchat and Instagram stories to leave me anonymous messages in the app Sarahah telling me what you think about it.
Let’s get into that, we can talk a little bit about the reactions, your thoughts and the library on that from there, the app is nice, I don’t like it because if someone says something rude and it’s anonymous, I think about who it could be, that’s something else I think about too.
Anybody can leave me a message, it could be anybody who says something shitty to me, I would have no idea who it was, I would be walking around thinking about that, I might even run into them at work or in a friend group or at a party.
You don’t know if anybody who said that to you, it will drive me insane, so I don’t honestly foresee myself having this app for too long because I could see it driving me nuts, somebody said that I think that this is a cool app to tell someone what you think or feel about them, they won’t know who sent it unless you tell them so that way people can be more honest to each other.
We can be idealists about this app, it is cool to see what people would say to each other if they are being honest and they still have respect for the other person, but I don’t see that happening for the most part, maybe that’s something we could think about, what would it look like for an app to make sure that it was only constructive criticism? Is there something in place like a filtering system for words where it could potentially filter out negative comments or hurtful comments and make sure that only constructive criticism goes through?
It’s hard to do that, obviously we’ve seen all the other platforms struggle with that, I would love to hear what you think on this, what is a way that you can make sure that hate doesn’t come across in an anonymous messaging app? In Ireland where I’m from this app is used to talk about people behind their back and it’s used by people like me who are literally 14, it is such a confidence killer.
That’s sad to me, young kids are going to be experiencing this bullying, it shouldn’t be happening, I wonder it’s one thing to worry about, you decide to get the app yourself, you don’t need to support that, you don’t want to have to experience that, so you choose not to get the app.
But you maybe feel left out because if all of your friends have it and if everyone at your school is talking about it, you’re the one person who doesn’t have it, there is that sense of being left out, so I understand why people want to have it, but maybe we could also talk about what it would look like if everyone say that they don’t like things like that and we’re not going to do that.
I think anonymous sites and apps are the worst because it always leads to bullying, we’ve seen that with formspring, we’ve seen that with other apps I mentioned which terrify me because knowing what people honestly think about me or the idea that people are talking behind my back about something would drive me insane.
With an app like yik yak I don’t even need to have an account for people to talk about me if they want in the same area, yik yak is now gone, that’s good at least because there were so many stories about how it was hurtful in college campuses and at people’s high schools.
Some high school even took it off the Wi-Fi, you couldn’t access Yik yak on the school Wi-Fi because of how much heat is happening, but for me yik yak is more hurtful because people can still be talking about you and you wouldn’t know which obviously can still happen.
Within the app of Sarahah at least you have to have the app and somebody has to send you a message, if you don’t end up taking this, you don’t have to have an account, I don’t know if it’s filtering, you will not receive, look at this, you will not receive a message from this user anymore, are you sure that you want to block this user?
That makes me wonder if they know the IP addresses of the people they sent or I guess they only know the account, maybe if somebody has an account, then you could block them, but I have a wide open, anybody can send me a message even if you don’t have an account.
Do they block the IP address of that person? Because that person can switch IP addresses and message me again, how does that work? I wish that there was a little more transparency around that for me to feel a little better about that.
There’s also a flag button where you can report a message, I don’t know what happens with that, if that person is named an account, they’re messaging me, is there any anything that could happen? If I report this, I wonder what brands are going to do.
I can only imagine obviously in my day-to-day work in advertising, I’m a strategist, so I work with a lot of brands who want to hop on new social media platforms, the minute they come out, they wait a year and then get in, but I haven’t seen any brands on Sarahah yet.
It’d be interesting to see what you would do as a brand, on Sarahah you can have people send you messages anonymously and then post them on Twitter, if you have a dialogue, I can see some of you like Wendy’s or Denny’s doing that.
Put out that fresh content, be culturally relevant with the teens, this is one thing that I have been doing on the app because I’m trying to find different ways to use it, I want to hack it and play with it, that’s always what I do, when I first get an app like this, there’s a search feature.
I’ve been searching random names and leaving anonymous nice messages to strangers, I’ll click on somebody who has a profile picture because usually I would assume those are the people who are using the app, I’m going to say Anna you are amazing with a heart and send it.
I got to think of something more original next time, but that’s what I’ve been doing because I want to infiltrate apps like this where everybody says that there’s going to be a lot of bullying, this would be sweet to people, so I think that’s what we should do.
If you want to join in on that, search people’s names and leave random strangers nice notes, let’s do it, I think that’s a great way to you be using this app and make it a better positive space, let me know if you’re going to do that down below.
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