Pssst: Here’s How to Use Whisper, the Crazy-Popular App for Telling Secrets
As humans, our collective excitement over reading tantalizing anonymous messages is nothing new.
You could say it started with the old message in a bottle, or the anonymous love letter, or — if we’re talking Internet age — the popular anonymous confession site Post Secret. It was only a matter of time until the Internet repurposed the addictive act of passing along secrets into its own sprawling online community.
And that community is named Whisper.
Whisper is an Android and iOS app that allows users to share and discuss anonymous confessions. And when I say that it’s sprawling, I mean it: According to a Whisper rep, Whisper gets more than 3 billion page views a month, which, as the Atlantic noted, is a lot more than all of CNN. Whisper’s popularity began among the hip youths of UCLA, where the app was first launched and tested, and it has grown on the strength of its popularity with young people (users are primarily 18-24 and 70 percent female).
Basically, the app enables you to speak your mind to the world anonymously, in the form of a short burst of text on top of a photo. Unlike Twitter or Facebook or Tumblr, you can’t build up a social network, nor do you have to give up personal information to use the app. This keeps things super-anonymous: no friend lists, no cliques, no sign-in through Facebook, no attachment to your real name. Just an anonymous “whisper” to the world.
This is how it works:
1. When you open the Whisper app, you’re automatically brought to the app’s home screen of Featured posts.
2. If you’d like to create your own Whisper, tap the + at the bottom of the screen.
3. Type a confession — don’t worry; it’s anonymous. And tap Next in the upper-right corner.