• Would We Trust A Secret Clone From Facebook?

    Would We Trust A Secret Clone From Facebook?

    Facebook could buy an anonymous sharing app like Secret, or build one, but would we use it? Facebook’s Snapchat clone Poke crashed and burned in part because people worried Facebook would spy on, save, or widely share their ephemeral messages. Facebook’s shaky track record on privacy could similarly scare us away from an anonymous sharing feature. The problem for Facebook is that like… Read More

  • Secret And Whisper Get Their Own Chinese Clones

    Secret And Whisper Get Their Own Chinese Clones

    Secret and Whisper have hit a dubious benchmark of success. Both have been cloned by developers in China. Secret posted about its Chinese duplicate this weekend, while Tech In Asia was the first English-language publication to report on both apps. Mimi means “secret” in Chinese, while Xiaosheng means “quiet.” Mimi was made by Shenzhen Wumii Technology Limited, which… Read More

  • Secret Shoots For Growth With New Anonymous Invites

    Secret Shoots For Growth With New Anonymous Invites

    Want to be sure you don’t miss any juice gossip or heartwrenching tales from you friends? Now when you re-open Secret, you’ll start where you closed the app instead of at the top of the feed so it’s easier to read comprehensively. Secret’s latest update also adds anonymous invites that could help it grow by letting you ask a friend to join the app without them knowing it… Read More

  • Secret | Fly or Die

    Fly Or Die: Secret

    With last week's episode focusing on Whisper, we thought it only fair to take a hard look at its biggest competitor, Secret. Welcome to another episode of Fly or Die. Read More

  • Doing It For The Likes

    Doing It For The Likes

    We crave approval, but we already knew that. Conventional thinking would suggest we seek digital validation because it means we've impressed people and raised our social status. But what anonymous apps like Secret are highlighting is that we don't care if our name is attached to that approval. We are simply addicted to little dopamine hit we get when someone said we did well. Read More

  • Secret's CEO Discusses Cyberbullying Policy

    Secret CEO Responds To Cyberbullying Criticism

    When it comes to cyberbullying in his anonyous sharing app, Secret co-founder claimed "We don't see very much of that, if any" when we spoke on stage at SXSW. Secret's user might disagree, and through these highlights from our fireside chat, you can see Byttow acknowledge the darker side of anonymity. He reveals Secret is considering an 17+ age limit and other barriers to bullying. Read More

  • Whisper | Fly or Die

    Fly Or Die: Whisper

    Anonymity is all the rage these days, and so we bring our attention to Whisper. This week, we're joined by Leena Rao, who has some mixed feelings about the craze around anonymous social sharing apps, like Whisper and competitor Secret. Read More

  • Gillmor Gang: Another Fine Mess

    Gillmor Gang: Another Fine Mess

    The Gillmor Gang — Robert Scoble, Kevin Marks, Keith Teare, and Steve Gillmor In a world where big planes can be lost without a trace and and drunk-drivers make the biggest headlines at tech conferences, it was only fitting that we turned this episode of the Gillmor Gang on its head and started with an ending. Only in this crazy world does that make any sense. Read More

  • Anonymous Social App Secret Confirms $8.6 Million In New Funding

    Anonymous Social App Secret Confirms $8.6 Million In New Funding

    Secret, the anonymous social sharing app popular among the Silicon Valley and tech industry crowd, officially announced today it has raised $8.6 million in outside investment. The round included participation from Garry Tan and Alexis Ohanian of Initialized Capital, MG Siegler of Google Ventures, Bing Gordon and Megan Quinn of KPCB, Chris Howard and Brad Silverberg of Fuel Capital, Vivi Nevo, SV… Read More

  • The SXSW Effect, Visualized

    The SXSW Effect, Visualized

    During the Interactive portion of this year’s SXSW festival, Secret, an app that lets users post secrets pseudonymously, pressed for attention. The app rolled out a website that tracked Secrets shared during the event, and also updated its client to allow users to see Secrets that were shared nearby. Its CEO gave a talk. Secret bet that the massive density of technology enthusiasts in the… Read More