Ill Tell You A Secret: Anonymous Apps Matter [readwrite.com]

Ill Tell You A Secret: Anonymous Apps Matter – ReadWrite

Until recently, I kept all my secrets to myself.Sometimes I want to share my thoughts online, but find them too personal for Twitter, and not necessarily appropriate for Facebook. I want to share these thoughts anonymously, either because they’re raw emotions, or because I find them embarrassing for some reason, even if theyre funny and true.

But then theres Secret, the anonymous social networking app. Its notes and rumors have led technology reporters like me on wild goose chases, trying to confirm bits of gossip, from the true “Nike is shutting down their wearables division” to the false “Evernote is getting acquired”, sparking heated debates among entrepreneurs and investors.

Secret is a bit like a high school bathroom stall, where anonymous comments are etched with the tips of sharp pens, but carry questionable legitimacy.

When Secret launched in January, early adopters were mainly the tech elite, journalists, startup founders and Facebook or Google employees seeking an outlet for gossip, snark and the occasional lie. My Secret feed—formed by posts from friends in my phone book, posts they had liked, or posts near me—was an endless stream of garbage about funding rounds, sexual conquests, or outright character assassinations and even gossip about some of my good friends. But then something happened.

via Ill Tell You A Secret: Anonymous Apps Matter – ReadWrite.

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