Part of the allure of Secret's app is supposed to be the anonymity; you can confess your innermost thoughts without facing any accusing fingers. However, people are now using Secret as a launching pad for parties where the very point is to confide in others you can see across the table. As Recode notes from first-hand experience, it's like seeing the app unfold in real life. Rather than make small talk, guests share their sincerest feelings about family and relationships -- you may find more about a stranger in a few hours than you would by following them on Facebook for a year. Even meeting up is dependent on revealing interesting tidbits, so you end up breaking the ice before you know anyone's names.
These parties are still new, and there's a distinct possibility that they'll fade out. However, the Secret-inspired occasions appear to have some benefits for real socialization. They help people meet strangers (albeit ones connected to existing friends), and you don't get the sense that these would-be friends have something to hide. Secret can be used for some decidedly malicious purposes, but these get-togethers suggest that it can be a force for good in the right hands.
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