I was watching the News over the weekend and I came upon a segment that talked about social media and this new application called Whisper. They were analyzing why was it so popular and why would anyone uses it. Social Media can reach numerous amount of people and sometimes it can go viral by reaching millions but it all takes patience. It is a process, systematic process of updating, refreshing, commenting, posting and being attentive to your followers. Whisper started as an app where you could post secrets but with time it has become more than that and more uses for it have been found. An anonymous app that can be used in public health by providing some support, resources and many times prevention of bigger issues. Remember, the key for success is patience, everything takes time but eventually with effort it will end up working out.
Whisper is an app where you can share ANONYMOUSLY any secret you want. The app is moderated by several people to be able to delete any dangerous or harmful posts and also to monitor behaviors… isn’t that superb? Analyzing social and human behavior would be one of my top activities with eating oreos and working out. It is in the top of my list! Us humans are both voyeuristic and exhibitionist at the same time, we like to know things that we are not supposed and sometimes be over sharers (hence twitter, instagram and facebook… oh oh! guilty).
This would be Awesome
Whisper allows us to be able to express random secrets as well as the darkest ones without fear of judgement or retribution. It is also can be used for the common good! Now we are talking! Fear, guilt, stigma and shame are powerful emotions and can easily dictate most of our actions if we empower them. Whisper provides an outlet for those that feel that they can’t tell their secrets to anyone else, and makes them feel part of a group of people that share their thoughts or feelings.
I feel you Dude, I feel you!
At whisper headquarters there are people paid to screen all of the posts and act accordingly if measures need to be taken. For example, a person posting from a place of sadness, depression and melancholy receives a message with information on how to call a hotline for suicide prevention. Also, a lot of people read the secrets and respond with encouraging words. It is a real anonymous support group!! We can totally use an app like this for the common social good! Yes we can, imagine an active duty military member where the tough exterior is much more respected than being vulnerable, sometimes a cry for help in an app so trivial is a first step to find help where you really need it.
😦 Not Okay
“Anonymous social media is a growing trend and there are several public health issues that could be addressed using this tactic. Remember that human coalition and human support are always powerful forces!” Said by Me (you can quote me on this one 😉 )
Now this is the kind of positive twist I like!