"My friends see me how I see myself."
Oh, really? Try asking them.
What's keeping you from becoming the best version of yourself? Well, if you knew, you'd probably fix it. It's tough to change what you can't see. Your fixed persona may be the biggest problem in your life.
Coaches, trainers, therapists and mentors all help you find solutions to problems you couldn't see on your own. And now we've made a tool to help you see your blind spots and accelerate your personal growth: Hiark.
You spend hours each week on your personal fitness?
How about working on your persona fitness?
You don't get stronger doing workouts that are easy. You need to tolerate some discomfort to change, physically or personally. The good news is: there are people in your life who who can help you grow as a person with feedback.
The only drawback is: they usually won't give it to you directly because they don't know how you'll react.
Hiark gives you access to information about yourself while protecting your relationship. It's more a useful use of your social network.
Reducing the transaction cost
Friends withhold useful information due to the risks (to them) of providing potentially challenging information. Sophocles clued us in that "no one loves the messenger who brings bad news." But we believe omission and white lies are long-term corrosive to our growth. Hiark allows half-anonymous, 1-on-1 private chats from people you trust to reduce the personal cost to them and open new channels to help you.
FEEDBACK SPEED HACK
Know Yourself, Know Your Worth
From Socrates to Drake (i.e. Socrates of the 6), self-knowledge is critical to growth. You wouldn't expect to become a master pianist without a knowledgeable teacher pointing out what needs to be improved. Our contacts see us more accurately than we see ourselves and can help us in ways we didn't know we needed, if we just ask them and remain open.
YOU CONTROL ACCESS
You've already built a list of people you trust enough to text you at 4am. Your phone book contacts populate who can give you feedback, but you must opt-in to anyone who can see your requests. No one can provide you anonymous feedback you without your go-ahead. Abusive users are banned based on phone number and cannot ever create a new Hiark account.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
The Half-Anonymous Feedback App: A New Tool for a New (Way to See) You.
IT ALL SOUNDS GREAT, BUT DON'T YOU KNOW PEOPLE WILL BE TROLLS?
It's easy to be cynical given the tenor of most social media usage, but we refuse to believe this is the only way people can use the connections the internet has enabled. Yes, there will be some who cannot use Hiark appropriately and they will either be banned by us or by you directly. We believe people want to help each other and we are willing to bet people are ready to use the connections they've built more constructively. We will, however, relentlessly seek out and permanently remove anyone who uses Hiark to harm others.
HOW DO YOU KEEP MY RESPONSES ANONYMOUS? WON'T MY FRIENDS KNOW IT'S ME RESPONDING TO THEM?
When you respond to a contact's request for feedback, it opens a private, 1-on-1 message that only the two of you can see. You are anonymous and there is an option to verify your identity should you choose to. We can't guarantee that your friend will not be able to guess it's you responding, however in order for your friend to post a request for feedback, she must have opted-in to a minimum of 20 contacts from her phone book, any of whom could be the respondent. The purpose of Hiark's half-anonymity is to reduce interpersonal risk, but we can't eliminate it completely. This risk must be weighed against the potential good you can do for your friend by sharing your insights.
HOW CAN THIS APP BE USEFUL UNTIL ALL OF MY FRIENDS HAVE ALREADY DOWNLOADED IT TOO?
We understand that until your contacts are on Hiark to provide you with feedback, there must be something useful to do. That's why we've built a quantitative feedback tool called "Traits" which allows you to allocate votes on relative strengths and weaknesses for each contact you've opted-in to (but you must evaluate yourself first!). This isn't a competition. Everyone gets the same number of votes to be distributed among the same traits and all votes must be cast. The purpose is to provide a glimpse into the differences between how you see yourself and how the world sees you. Traits are a great starting point, but aren't meant to be a definitive representation of who you are and shouldn't be interpreted as such.