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Don't judge us. We had to try Sarahah out — if just for the sake of journalism — to help capture a moment in time for posterity. Okay, maybe not. Maybe all we wanted to do was find out what people really think of us — even if it was anonymous.
So three of us went down the path, like many a Facebook contact did, and asked our friends, family and the many social media acquaintances to share their unedited opinion of us. We hope that secrets would pour in. Bring on the hate, bring on the love, give us anything except mere indifference.
The comments started flowing in within 10 minutes of us installing the app and announcing it on Facebook. Surprisingly, barring a stray comment that chided us on our promiscuous behaviour (the person writing in said: "I know who YOU did last summer") and questioning the number of men we had dated, we all received more-than-glowing remarks. Some commented on how our smiles made their day; some said we inspired them by our go-getter attitude; some appreciated our talent for the written word; and, many just waxed eloquent about how absolutely lovely we are. There were a few creepy ones, like the one who seemed to be well-versed with an SMD writer's love for cats, and then said, "I wish I was a cat, just to see how it feels to be loved by you". Okay, now!
We were lucky, we realised, as we noticed others on Facebook sharing their feedback. Some were downright rude — one was asked to play the infamous suicide game Blue Whale, and another was chided for betrayal and abandonment. We would suggest you try it out only if you have the stomach to take the bad with the good. Chances are, you may receive zero messages, so you better steel your spine for that. If you are doing this out of sheer boredom, have the sense to uninstall it after a few hours. But, if you are one of those whose eyes well up every time someone points out a misdemeanor, you are better off, off it. As someone wise said, ignorance is truly bliss.
What is Sarahah?
Designed by Saudi Arabian developer Zain Alabdin Tawfiq, the social network platform aims to let users send and receive honest feedback. In Arabic, Sarahah, means "honesty", and it started as a workplace tool but its purview was expanded after teens started using it. As the app says, "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 it was launched, it has reached No 1 in Apple's App Store in 30 countries.
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