New social app Secret has surfaced in the Google Play store after enjoying a successful start on the iOS platform. The Secret app is built on anonymity as users do not see who posts the “secrets” that are shared via the app. After signing up, during which time uses are asked for their phone number and email address, users are delivered anonymous posts that are supposed to help the sender “Be honest. Be open. Be yourself.” according to the developer.
The pool of posts that individuals see is built using the contact info on a user’s phone. Even if a user opts to not provide a phone number, which results in the app not accessing your phone contacts, the email requirement means any contact with an email could be the source of a secret that is displayed in the app. If for some reason a user does not have any contacts using the app or who have little to share, they can access a list of secrets from unrelated people.
Each secret can be dressed up with colors or backgrounds along with blurs, textures, and moods. Besides the nature of the secret, these effects can help draw attention to a secret and perhaps entice a user to like the secret. When that happens, the secret spreads to their friends and after six degrees of Bacon liking, everyone in the world knows the secret or something like that.
There are at least a couple downsides to the Secret app. First, since users don’t know who posted a secret, they could be consumed with paranoia wondering if any given secret is about them. Second, due to the anonymous nature, it can be difficult if not unwise, to rely on the app as a trustworthy source of information.
If you are interested in Secret, use one of the download links below to grab the free app from Google Play. We’ll try to keep it a secret and if we don’t, we’ll only share it anonymously.