Released in August, the tbh app already has more than 1 million downloads, according to its developers. That’s an especially impressive number since, to date, it’s only available in nine U.S. states (Florida, Washington, Texas, California, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Georgia, and Indiana). Does your teen have it? If so, here’s what you need to know:
What does the tbh app do?
This is another anonymous social media app, but unlike YikYak and Kik, the tbh app only allows users to compliment one another via its “positivity polls.”
How does the tbh app work?
The app connects to your entire contact list, and then invites these people to participate in feel-good quizzes. Examples: World’s best party planner; Makes you laugh the hardest; Should DJ every party, etc… When chosen to be in someone’s poll, you earn gems that can then be used to unlock additional features in the app.
Who has tbh?
Middle and high-schoolers are downloading the apps in droves. In fact, tbh has scored the top App Store spot, surpassing Facebook and Snapchat.
What’s good about tbh?
The tbh app takes that very tween/teen wish to be recognized by peers, and puts a positive spin on it while factoring out the negativity found in most anonymous apps. The polls are by turns clever and silly, and use enough teen slang to feel relevant and fun to kids. Furthermore, users can customize their own polls, but they won’t go up immediately. Instead, the app must approve each poll before it’s published, in order to ensure that the quiz is uplifting/silly in nature and not mean spirited.
What’s bad about tbh?
While the polls may be feel-good in nature, parents may not feel as positive about the fact that the tbh app links to users’ entire contact list. Worse, it prompts kids to not simply select their grade level in school, but also to select their actual school. This is ostensibly so that polls will include fellow students, but that may be too much information for many parents. Furthermore, unlike other social media apps where you can choose not to connect to your entire contact list, that option does not exist with tbh.
Why is the tbh app better than other anonymous apps?
Apps that attempt to tease the honest truth about what your “friends” think of you in an anonymous environment (think Sarahah), tbh frames the entire interaction in a positive atmosphere with little to no ability to inject negativity into its multiple choice quizzes.
What’s in store for tbh?
For now, there is no direct messaging among users, but that could change in the future. And if that’s the case, its positivity-only promise could be hard to keep.
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