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Like other ‘"anonymish" social networks, it offers a compelling mix of sex, drugs, and intrigue.
But Secret goes a step further by connecting to your phone’s address book, then showing you your friends’ posts without revealing which friend said them. But in recent months, Secret has lost some of its initial power.
Our goal is to facilitate conversation — either in a physical location, or socially, with your friends." About conversation: Secret now enables private, one-on-one messaging between users.
While you can still leave public comments on a secret, tapping on a user’s avatar will now let you contact the author of a post directly.
Several news stories broke first on Secret, fueling buzz that led the app to be downloaded more than 15 million times in 10 months. The number of posts from friends in my feed slowed to a trickle, and Secret is no longer among the top 1,500 apps, according to App Annie.
But as activity in the app slowed, Secret co-founders David Byttow and Chrys Bader were working on the second version of the service — and it might be the thing that brings Secret back to life.
If they're concerned about this, the founders don't show it.
(The new Secret design has clear similarities to Yik Yak, which also has a text-based feed and emphasizes location.) Whisper, which has focused on sharing its anonymous posts with media companies, is reportedly valued at closer to 0 million.
And yet like so many anonymity-focused apps before them, they have been dogged by controversy.
Now you see at least two feeds: secrets from your friends, and secrets from your city or school.
In an important change, you can choose to share to your location rather than to your friends.