Social networking – only for those in USA
Here’s a new twist on social networking – an iPhone App called Secret which really does keep your identity secret. The idea appears to be to start wicked rumours with this app and then keep everyone guessing who actually let the cat out of the bag [started it]. The app is apparently the work of two former Google employees (calling themselves Secret Inc)– which makes it all the more puzzling that there’s currently no Android version of this app yet. There is an Android app called secret which is very similar but it isn’t the work of the same developer. The app is all the buzz in Silicon Valley but there’s a catch – at present you can only download this app if you’re based in the USA.
That’s a shame because being based in Blighty [UK], we can’t tell you exactly how the app works.
However, the app appears to utilised your iPhone’s addressbook and sends out your postings to those of your contacts who are also running Secret.
One snag is that the app apparently doesn’t recheck which of your contacts have just secret joined Secret on a periodic basis.
So we guess you will just have to reinstall the app regularly. There also doesn’t appear to be an iPad version listed – but iTunes says it is compatible as it is with the iPod Touch.
You can find it here. Incidentally, you are going to need Apple 7.0 and above.
If you live outside the USA, you can see the app by going to the bottom right hand side of iTunes for Windows and there will be an option marked ‘Change country’.
Swap to the USA and you can view it. But even though the app is actually free, you can’t actually download it unless your Apple ID is counted as being based in the USA.
Of course, if there are any clever hackers out there who know how to get a fake US Apple ID (preferably without committing fraud, of course), we’d like to hear from you.