Not too long ago, a unique social networking app called Diaree made it's away into the BlackBerry App Roundup. After seeing the varied responses, opinions, and uploaded posts, I thought it warranted a second look.
Diaree is an open public forum with which one can unload their troubles, share their joy, or simply use as an outlet to express their feelings. These diary entries may be shared anonymously or publicly, though both require a profile be created. While this is quite an innovative undertaking there is one caveat. Unlike Twitter where you can vent in 140 characters or less as much as they want, Diaree limits users to one post per day. Posts, including image attachments, are editable though until the day ends and do not place a strict limitation on the number of characters.
For those who do not wish to participate in the social aspect, entries may be marked as private and remain for your eyes only. Otherwise, once made public, posts may be commented on, shared or liked by the community. I'm sure many of you out there are worried over privacy issues. All of your information does indeed remain completely anonymous. Unlike the current social networks sometimes it is freeing to unburden yourself without fear of being judged by friends, family or co-workers. I mention co-workers because prospective employers would Google my internet footprint and some activities and comments should remain private.
Since my last look at the application, my view remains unchanged. it is a solid, well-built application with a fast and easy to use interface. Posts are sorted by using the slider bar at the top and it offers passcode protection to lock itself from prying eyes. While we are accustomed to the diaries of our youth, this takes that concept one step further. Reading over entries, emotions run the gamut but to me they are honest and the community, at times, offers encouragement or advice where appropriate. That is not to say that inappropriate ones do not exist, it is the nature of the beast after all.
This social network may be in it's infancy but it will be interesting to see what it becomes as it grows as they plan to bring it to iOS and Android as well. Whatever you might say about this app, we all publicly share the many aspects of our lives on various social networking sites like Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter. I still prefer to use my handwritten journal but for those who wish to express their thoughts publicly and anonymously it is certainly another avenue to explore.
Diaree is free to download for BlackBerry 10 and works best on those running OS 10.2 and higher. It will not function properly if you are using OS 10.1.