Not sure when the original Apple iOS app went global, tho
Good news for social media fans is that the Android app for the trendy Secret network has just become available. Secret’s USP [Unique Selling Point] really does keep your identity secret. Which is great because people can use it to publish stuff which normally they daren’t put on Facebook, Twitter or even WhatsApp. GoMo News has actually installed this app and discovered a really neat rumour about Nike’s wearables division firing staff which had been first leaked via Secret.
The app is the work of two former Google employees (calling themselves Secret Inc) and when GoMo News first wrote about it, was only for iOS and you had to live in the USA to download it.
Not any more. It’s available in the UK for both iOS and Android now.
With thee Android version of Secret there’s a feature not yet available on iPhone.
It’s a friend finder that only shows secrets posted by your friends. It goes through (with your permission) the smartphones address book using only your email address and mobile phone number to find matches.
The service even send out a text to your handset so that you can confirm it really is you and not the phone number for somebody you want to spy on.
In our case, the app found six people. It then suggests you invite your friends onto the system. Which is ok but you don’t know who the six are do you?
Now back to that Nike secret. (BTW – will ‘secret’ become a verb just like ‘tweet’?)
It read, “The douchebag execs at Nike are going to lay off a bunch of the eng [Engineering] team who developed the FuelBand, and other Nike+ stuff.”
“Mostly because the execs committed gross negligence, wasted tons of money, and didn’t know what they were doing.”
This lead to the story getting out last month [ April 2014] and Nike was forced to admit that it was indeed letting some of its engineers go.
The one thing strange about Secret, we think is that it’s not searchable. Which is a shame.