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Anonymity is one of the internet’s greatest offerings. You can easily mask your identity online, while still getting to do and say what you want to. This anonymity lends itself to more honesty, since there aren’t repercussions.

A new social network has gone viral, which promises to let you get honest feedback. Now that anonymous app Yik Yak has shut down Yik Yak, the Anonymous Messaging App, Is Dead Yik Yak, the Anonymous Messaging App, Is Dead Yik Yak, the anonymous messaging app beloved and loathed on university campuses in equal measures, is no more. Will anyone miss Yik Yak? Probably not. Read More , this is a void that needs to be filled. Apps like Sarahah and some other alternatives can do just that.

Keep in mind, if you choose to use these apps, you are inviting people to comment about you. These comments might be harsh, and you need to know how to deal with cyberbullying What You Should Actually Do When Harassed Online What You Should Actually Do When Harassed Online The Internet has changed bullying. Let's take a look at what has changed, and what you can do if you find yourself on the receiving end of cyber harassment. Read More . Be cautious in using these apps, they’re not for everyone.

1. Sarahah (Web, Android, iOS): The New Viral Social Network

Sarahah is a mini social network with the premise of letting you get honest feedback. To sign up, you’ll need to add your email address and choose a unique name. You get to share this name with friends, it isn’t publicly available. No account can be discovered by browsing or searching.

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Once your friends are connected, they can send you messages anonymously. You won’t know who the message came from, and you can’t reply to it either. You can add some messages to your favorites though. And of course, if a friend shares their Sarahah handle, you can send them messages anonymously.

It might be a good idea to not share your account name publicly. This can lead to trolls and harassment online. In any case, you might want a few tips from celebrities to beat online trolls Beat the Bullies! How Celebrities React to Mean Tweets Beat the Bullies! How Celebrities React to Mean Tweets Twitter isn't always a land of love and kindness; sometimes things can get nasty. So, we've compiled a list of celebrities reacting to mean tweets, thus beating bullies at their own game. Read More .

Download: Sarahah for Android (Free) | iOS (Free)

2. Sayat (Web): Anonymous Feedback, and You Can Reply Too

Sayat and Sarahah are similar, but Sayat offers a bit more. Like Sarahah, you can sign up in no time and get a unique URL. Share this URL, and anyone can write a comment that’s sent to your account anonymously.

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Sayat also lets you construct a specific question for your page. So instead of a generic “leave feedback for me”, you can ask something like, “Which bad habit do I need to break?” This way, Sayat can be constructive.

The app also lets you send replies to whoever sent the message. This only works with registered Sayat users though. Still, the commenter stays anonymous like in Yik Yak Stay Anonymous Online With the 5 Hottest Yik Yak Alternatives Stay Anonymous Online With the 5 Hottest Yik Yak Alternatives If you miss the anonymity or the simplicity of the now-defunct Yik Yak, here are the best alternatives that you should check out. Read More . So you can have an honest conversation with a friend without them fearing repercussions.

Again, be cautious with this one. Sayat is part of a police investigation in a teen’s suicide, since cyberbullying is suspected as one of the things that led to it.

3. 3sixty (Web): Best for Teams and Offices

Employees fear giving honest feedback because of repercussions. But managers want and need this honest feedback. 3sixty is the easy solution to this complex problem.

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Both employees and managers can use this tool. Add your role, or add a question. Send it to three people to get their thoughts on it — the $5 pro version lets you send it to unlimited people. And yes, their responses are completely anonymous.

The impressive part is that 3sixty stores all the responses as data. So let’s say you put your role as “Manager” with the objective of “creating a healthy team environment”. Your team members can write their feedback here regularly. Over time, you will have an archive of all feedback about this one objective in one place. Using 3sixty is far easier than creating a free survey and collecting data with Excel How to Create a Free Survey and Collect Data with Excel How to Create a Free Survey and Collect Data with Excel Are you tired of having to manually collect and consolidate data, from various people, into your Excel spreadsheet? If so, chances are you have yet to discover Excel Survey. Read More .

4. Free Suggestion Box (Web): Multiple Anonymous Questions in One Place

In the real world, the most widely used mechanism for feedback is the suggestion box. Anyone can slip in a note with their ideas or complaints. Free Suggestion Box takes that idea online.

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Create an account and then set up suggestion boxes. It’s best to add a specific question, and create multiple boxes. Each box comes with its own URL. So while you have a central dashboard, you can send different questions to different people.

As with all the others here, Free Suggestion Box is completely anonymous. It’s the best tool if you aren’t interested in a social network feel, and just want to improve yourself with anonymous feedback from friends 5 Websites for Self Improvement With Some Anonymous Feedback From Friends 5 Websites for Self Improvement With Some Anonymous Feedback From Friends The web lends itself quite well to anonymity. Visit a blog and you can rant or rave without disclosing your identity. Anonymous feedback (or any feedback) if constructive is a great tool for betterment of... Read More .

5. Tosify (Web): What Does Your Photo Say About You?

Tosify takes a different approach to anonymous feedback. It’s all about photos here, so you can know what’s the perfect online profile picture for you 5 Tips to Make a Great Profile Picture for More Likes and Followers 5 Tips to Make a Great Profile Picture for More Likes and Followers There are plenty of suggestions from studies and photographers on how you can make a more presentable profile picture for Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, or any other network. Here are the best. Read More .

Take a photo, upload it to Tosify, and let your friends and followers vote. You can see the results in real time, and even read comments—all of which are anonymous. There is even a voting system so you can upload two photos, and let people say which one is better.

Let’s face it, most of our friends are too nice to say anything about a bad photo. So give them an opportunity to share their opinions politely and nicely, with full anonymity.

Download: Tosify for Android (Free) | iOS (Free)

Are Sarahah and Sayat a Bad Thing?

Yes, being able to mask your identity lets you be more honest. And that honesty can lead to some wonderful things. But anonymity, especially online, is a double-edged sword. It can lead to some serious harassment too. On the other hand, we also have instances of people saying remarkably friendly things anonymously The (Remarkably Friendly) Things People Say Anonymously on Twitter The (Remarkably Friendly) Things People Say Anonymously on Twitter People can now anonymously talk to their friends on Twitter – but what are they saying? We decided to find out. Read More .

What’s your take on online anonymity, and apps like Sarahah or Satyat? Are they a force for positive change or do they end up being exercises in ego-stroking or cyber-bullying?

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  1. Gazoo
    September 2, 2017 at 12:25 am

    You probably already know this and SHOULD update/include a warning to users of Sarahah in the article:

    "When launched for the first time, it immediately harvests and uploads all phone numbers and email addresses in your address book ... it does not disclose that it uploads such data, nor does it seem to make any functional use of the information."

    "the app’s creator, Zain al-Abidin Tawfiq, tweeted that the contacts functionality would be removed in a future release ... He later told The Intercept ... that a partner, who he has since stopped working with, was supposed to remove it from the app but “missed that.” He claims the functionality was ... removed from the server and that Sarahah stores no contacts in its databases. This is impossible to verify."

    27aug17

  2. Doc
    August 22, 2017 at 4:00 pm

    Started seeing Sarahah spam on Facebook recently....AAARRRGGGHHH.