PostSecret Comes to the iPhone

PostSecret, a project that was previously confined to the project’s website, museum exhibits and books, has arrived for the iPhone. If you’re not familiar with PostSecret, it was founded in 2005 by Frank Warren as a sort of community-driven confessional, accepting secrets written anonymously on postcards which were then curated and posted on the project’s website. With the debut of its app, iPhone users can now browse submitted secrets and share their own.

The app’s description lists the following features:

  • Discover the shocking and hilarious secrets from your school or city
  • Completely anonymous – no personal information is EVER obtained
  • Share your hopeful and heartbreaking secrets anonymously with the world
  • Respond to secrets by sharing an anonymous secret of your own
  • Reach out and connect with like-minded people
  • Read the Sunday Secrets on your mobile device
  • Find nearby helplines in times of need

If you’re concerned about your privacy if you submit secrets, PostSecret promises in the app’s description that no personal information is ever stored or shared when using the app.

I can’t recall where I’d first heard of PostSecret years ago but I’ve always found the project fascinating. Some of the secrets are intensely personal and often shocking, providing a peek at the underpinnings of humanity that’s not easy to see in our day-to-day lives most of the time.

PostSecret has created a video describing the app. Note that, due to some strong language shown spray-painted on a wall shown in the video, it is not entirely safe for work even if played silently. The app also has Apple’s strongest rating and is not intended for users under 17 years of age.

PostSecret is compatible with the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad and requires iOS 4.0 or higher.

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