12 cert, Se­cret, iOS (An­droid in Beta)

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - FUN & GAMES - CIARA O’BRIEN

In to­day’s dig­i­tal world, where ev­ery­thing is shared on Face­book, tweeted about or fil­tered for In­sta­gram, there are no se­crets. Or are there? This con­tro­ver­sial app pro­vides a plat­form to share your deep­est dark­est se­crets – anony­mously, of course – and to get a look at those of oth­ers. They range from the mun­dane – (“I (silently) read se­crets from the UK and Aus­tralia us­ing ac­cents”) to life lessons (“Go against the grain, it’s much more fun”) to the more se­ri­ous (“I feel like I’ve re­ally lost my way and I can’t seem to find my way back”). There have even been a few tech ru­mours posted on the site, some that have turned out to be true . It hides friends’ se­crets from you un­til you ver­ify your phone num­ber and at least three of your friends are shar­ing on the site. You can com­ment on se­crets, favourite them, or sim­ply lose yourself in wad­ing through the con­fes­sions. Of course not all of them are true. And you get the im­pres­sion that some of the so-called se­crets are less than truth­ful at times. But it’s oddly com­pelling all the same.

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