Secret for Android is now available. What’s the big fuss about it?

May 21, 2014
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Hey, psst! Have you heard? Secret, the anonymous sharing app that’s all the rage on iOS is now on Android.

Following a successful launch on Apple’s platform, where Secret has become a hit with Silicon Valley insiders, the anonymous sharing is now in the Play Store, waiting for your deepest, dirtiest secrets. But, wait, aren’t dirty secrets supposed to stay, well, secret?

Secret is different from most other social apps out there in that you are completely anonymous. When you sign up for the service, you are – somewhat incongruously – asked for your email and phone number, so the app can serve you posts from your contacts. You can choose not to offer your phone number, but that excludes all your “friends” you have in your phone contacts, but not on email.

After you sign up, you get to see “secrets”, short anonymous posts like “The problem with Secret is you think every secret is about you” or “I think about Derek Ross when I’m lonely” (hey, Derek!), or “I send all my emails from my phone in hopes that no one stops by my office to chat”.

The app tells you if the post is from someone in your extended circle or from a direct friend, but that’s about it – you’re left guessing who among the people you know could be the author. You can share posts, comment on them (anonymously, of course), subscribe to them, or flag them as offensive.

Of course, secrets are no fun unless, you know, they are fun, and you will find your fair share of funny, salacious, or downright WTF-worthy ones. Even if your friends are downright boring, you can browse a list of secrets from unrelated people, which could be entertaining enough for some folks.

From time to time, people even post leaks on Secret. For instance, someone posted on Secret that Vic Gundotra was interviewing for a position at a different company, days before the exec announced his departure from Google. Then again, getting your information from Secret may not be such a good idea – just a couple of weeks ago, a post that claimed Apple was going to offer earbuds with built-in heart rate monitors turned out to be a hoax, not before several high-profile sites had covered it.

Interested in Secret? Head over to the Play Store to try it.

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