Secret

Kill the notifications. Just kill 'em all.

Secret — as in the app that lets anyone post anything anonymously (as if the Internet wasn't full enough of that already) — will long spur debate of whether it's the greatest thing to hit our phones since the last greatest thing, or whether it's just more crap. (I might have tipped my cards there a bit.)

One thing that's not really disputed, however, is that its Android notifications are next to worthless, nor are they properly implemented. There's absolutely no reason to have a half-dozen notifications telling you somebody said something. It's a waste of space.

Complicating matters is that while Secret isn't the world's worst-looking app, it's also not exactly designed in the standard manner. So the settings are a little bit hidden. We'll help you turn off those blasted notifications for good, though.

Begone, worthless notifications!

 
There are 44 comments

Deke218 says:

I'm not sure what it says about iPhone users but supposedly this app is all the rage for iOS.

DWR_31 says:

This simply shows that there is a different level of brain power between Android and IOS users....?

Example: Us Android users are smart and know what we like. IOS users don't think to hard because Apple has trained them not to.

Dizfunctions says:

I think it just shows more iOS users are high school kids.

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icyrock1 says:

It could also be they just have more interesting friends... ;P

http://media.giphy.com/media/jAugkVty2VCDu/giphy.gif

Averix says:

Could be. None of my friends are apparently on the app. Android or iOS users. So my test of it was rather boring. lol

mclasser says:

Game, set and match.

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What is the secret app? What the name of the secret app?

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sicembaylor says:

Sorry, it's a secret.

vicw926a4 says:

I think I'll just not install it in the first place.

p1eric says:

+1

Tyndall says:

+1

Dizfunctions says:

I installed it, saw it sucked, and uninstalled it.

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gonsa says:

+1

cjbrigol says:

Same here. I don't get it...I thought I'd at least see a list of the people on my friends list, so I could kind of guess who said what...that'd be fun. But it's just a bunch of random sentences...

Social media is the beginning of the end of western civilization.

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jbcreate says:

not true at all, its actually because of social media we're progressing at such a fast rate.

True, but it is also because of social media that it is becoming more common again with open hate and racism, as the "anonymity" of the internet has given people new bad habits.

Progressing towards what?

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Social media lets people connect over greater distances. That's the big benefit with them. If we're talking sharing cat memes on Facebook, that is of course something not making us much smarter, but there is more social media out there.

Averix says:

Hurtling towards the sun and complete vaporization.

Deke218 says:

@jbcreate: I believe that should be regressing as such a fast rate.

jbcreate says:

it should, but it wont, social media will merge with pretty much everything else in our daily lives, to the point where we wont even call its that anymore, it will just be the norm, sad in some ways, but in others, pretty exciting you gotta admit

eahinrichsen says:

What percentage of Secret posts are some variation of "I don't like [ethnic group] and no one knows"?

Someone's trolling hard this morning.

eahinrichsen says:

Not even trolling. Seriously, the more anonymous a public forum, the more bigoted bullshit you see all over the place.

Ben Lutgens says:

O.k. that should have been a 2 paragraph text post. The video was completely unnecessary and annoying, since I'm at work and had to dig out my headphones and wait through you bitching about how shitty the app was for a simple 2 second tip to turn off notifications. (that overflow menu is sneaky!)

A screenshot and a description would have been a more succinct and easier to consume article.

Tyndall says:

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA *gasp*

I don't understand the purpose of the app.
...I think I'm getting old.

khelek says:

I'll dare to go against public opinion. I'm really enjoying the app. I've actually seen a lot of interesting things, some that I can even relate to. I love PostSecret and they experimented with an app that quickly folded because iOS users (who were the only ones who had it at the time) apparently couldn't be trusted to share stuff anonymously. I imagine that Secret is what that app would be if it grew up.

On the flip side, it's freeing to be able to post something that you've never told anyone before and have people comment on it. I've found many of the comments to be upbeat and supportive, but of course you have the critical and judgmental.

Is it the greatest thing since the last greatest thing? Not really. But I think it's a fun time waster if you're looking for something light to read through while waiting for something.

I agree, though, the design is less than optimal. Hopefully they get that worked out.

YMMV

I don't have time to waste , I have to get back to work. Lol

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I agree, it's a fine app. And there are some inspirational if not sympathetic secrets.

I hide extra toilet paper in the employee restroom at work.

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shatter71 says:

I can't even begin to understand why this kind of app would be popular or even be thought worthy of someone's time to code. I guess in this age it is throw everything you can possibly think of against the wall and eventually something will stick and that something might just get you paid.

khelek says:

shatter71: if you've never checked out https://postsecret.com/, you should. It's the same premise, though with the website there's moderation so there's a less noise to substance ratio.

I don't want to over-romanticize it, but there is power in being able to share things completely anonymously. For some it's just fun, but for others, particularly those who've suffered trauma or abuse, it's freeing and could be lifesaving. Imagine being in an abusive relationship and not having anyone safe you can tell. You can't post it on twitter or facebook for fear of being found out. Secret would allow you to safely reveal that and hopefully someone can show you how to get help. Maybe seeing what someone else has posted and knowing that others go through the same thing they're going through gives someone hope.

Just because you can't think of a use case for yourself doesn't mean there aren't valid use cases for others.

Again, YMMV

In a year or less, Facebook or Google will buy them for $1B anyway and then you will have another subsection of FB to navigate. I actually agree with someone earlier that it is a fun time waster and I haven't seen hateful things like I see on twitter.

travaz says:

What a waste of 1's and 0's

I used a little different method to get rid of the secret notifications. I downloaded and installed the app, found it to be useless and deleted it. No more notifications!
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Madd54 says:

I thought the last greatest thing was better.

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MrBucket85 says:

I'd like to see a survey with two questions on it.

1. Do you use Secret?
2. What is your age?

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jdrch says:

That's actually the least of Secret's problems. It's biggest issue is the manner in which secret propagation was designed. Only your friends can see and propagate your secrets via liking or commenting, which gives extra privacy but also severely limits user engagement. As a result, there's almost never anything new to see when you check the app, unless everyone you know uses it. Whisper does a far better job IMO.

Ankan Bagchi says:

the app says 'you're all caught up '.
what does it mean by that?

TonyHoyle says:

It's a secret

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furrba11 says:

I've got a secret... I haven't downloaded it yet... and have no intention to.

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frettfreak says:

So an app that lets you "anonymously" post all your dirty little secrets helps find your friends... doesnt that kinda defeat the purpose??