Since 2004, hundreds of thousands of people have sent 4-by-6 inch postcards full of dark secrets to Frank Warren, in the hope that he would publish them on the PostSecret
blog — and indirectly help them heal.
Now, Warren is ready to take PostSecret to the next level. This Sunday
sees the release of the PostSecret app, which allows iPhone users to discover and share secrets anonymously and safely, as well as connect with other sharers from around the world.
All a user who has purchased and installed the app has to do is take photos with their phone, add a 140-character message and upload everything to the PostSecret mobile community. Others can then read the messages, leave their thoughts, flag inappropriate content, and share their own secrets.
As no email address is required to post in the community, users’ identity is never revealed. And content can be removed after publication. Further, users can also tag the locations — or nearby locations — of their secrets with their submissions.
According to Wired
, the app also features photo filters and the ability to share posts on social media sites (Facebook and Twitter) or through email.
The PostSecret App was crowd-sourced over a period of two years. The 80,000 members of the PostSecret Community
helped create guidelines ensuring the safe sharing of secrets.
The app will also be integrated with the International Suicide Prevention Wiki
(ISP Wiki), the worldwide directory of suicide prevention hot lines, text-lines, and resources that the Community also helped develop. The ISP Wiki is available for free to any individual or organization to incorporate into other apps.
The PostSecret App is available for purchase in the iTunes App Store
for $1.99. An Android version is coming soon. For more information, visit www.postsecretapp.com