A Beginner’s Guide to Secret, an Addictive New iPhone App that Lets You Make Anonymous Confessions to Your Friends
These days, when every status update, tweet and photo you share seems to have a real-world consequence, everyone is looking for a little anonymity online.
Perhaps that explains all the buzz around a week-old iPhone app called Secret, which allows you to read and post anonymous messages (“secrets”) to your circle of friends.
This idea is not entirely new. An app called Whisper already allows users to anonymously share messages with an audience of people nearby. Secret sets itself apart with its simple design and the more intimate community it allows you to share with. Whereas Whisper distributes your posts based on current location, Secret accesses your contact list to create an anonymous feed of your friends. It mixes in posts from other locations, based on their popularity. Every time a friend of yours shares a secret, you’ll receive a notification, though you won’t know who the secret-sharer is.
Personally, I can’t take my eyes off of it. Try for yourself.
Here’s how to use it:
1. Download the app here.
2. Open it.
3. You’ll be greeted with this screen. Tap the Sign Up button.
4. Enter your email address and phone number. Then create a password. You’re probably wondering if the information you provide is safe. The short answer: It’s as safe as your email (which, you know, can sometimes get hacked). The long answer is in co-founder David Byttow’s post on Medium.