PostSecrret, the cultural phenomenon that's included best-selling books, a hugely popular blog, and art exhibits around the country (including a few at AVAM), now has an app. Created by Germantown's Frank Warren, PostSecret was initially conceived as a community art project that allowed people to share secrets anonymously via postcards, which Warren would post on his blog. It proved to be wildly popular, and the site has more than 8 million unique visitors each week.
The new app, which was released two days ago, already has over 100,000 users. According to a press release, here's how it works...
Users can easily and instantly share anonymous secrets with a photo and sentence and connect to others whose secret touches them. Each new platform of PostSecret generates a new set of secrets and continues to expand the reach of the PostSecret community.
“PostSecret covers every human emotion, from humor to heart-break, and from the very beginning of the project, people have wanted to reach out and connect to the people behind the secrets,” said Frank Warren, creator of PostSecret. “Sharing a secret and connecting with someone that has a similar secret provides a cathartic release for people to overcome loneliness. While the PostSecret app allows secret sharers to connect, they are doing so in a safe, anonymous and protected environment where no personal information exchanged.”
The PostSecret App was created in partnership with app agency Bonobo and with the assistance of 80,000 PostSecret community members. The community crowd-sourced guidelines to ensure that PostSecret App secrets be shared safely in a culture of openness and mutual respect. The community also assisted in developing the International Suicide Prevention Wiki (ISP Wiki), the most comprehensive and current listing of suicide prevention hotlines and “chat-lines” in the world. The ISP Wiki listings are available free for anyone to incorporate into other services so people can always find help and hope near them.
The PostSecret App is now available for download on iTunes for $1.99. Android will be available later this year.