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Can You Keep a Secret? This App Hopes Not

26
Mar
2014

The brainchild of two former Google engineers, David Byttow and Chrys Bader-Wechseler, the app offers users the ability to anonymously and digitally air their dirty laundry. Currently only available for iOS, the user downloads it, enters their phone number, and can begin scrolling through secrets posted by friends, users nearby, and the popular posts of strangers around the country.  After verifying their phone number and email, they can also post their own secrets, as well as like and comment on the secrets of others. Whisper offers private messaging and search by topic, password protection for your secrets, and secrets organized by popularity, location and ‘features’. The anonymity also has a twist —if a secret is posted by someone in your phone’s contact list, it’ll say “Friend.” Other posts note “Friend of Friend. That little clue means you can speculate on who has written the post.

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