Psst! The Secret List of Anonymous Social Networks

The covert world of Whisper, Secret, and more

Woman whispering to friend during backyard party on summer afternoon

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Anonymous social networking sites allow people to send messages to others who use the same apps, or to the whole world, in some cases. Some also make the messages disappear quickly.

Here's a list of anonymous social networking sites and apps, with a few pseudo "private" networks thrown in (services that attempt to make messages disappear).

These apps are described as anonymous and private because they purportedly let people share information without overtly identifying themselves. But most are far from private. They may not be open billboards to the world, like blogs and tweets, but most of the content they share is traceable or recordable in some fashion.

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Whisper

Whisper App
What We Like
  • No user names.

  • View local posts

  • Openly discuss mental health concerns.

What We Don't Like
  • Risk of predators.

  • App tracks locations.

  • No dark theme.

Whisper was one of the first so-called anonymous mobile apps, launched in 2012. It’s designed for publicly sharing secrets, a kind of public confessional booth. Users share their thoughts anonymously in the form of an image and a sentence or two of text. There is no concept of identity on this platform at all—people share their thoughts without attaching a pseudonym or name. Which makes this app more anonymous than some of the others. Whisper is available on both the iPhone and Android platforms.

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Rumr

Rumr mobile app
Screenshot

Rumr's tagline is “anonymous messaging with people you know." Launched in March 2014, it lets groups of friends create private chat rooms and anonymizes them when they enter, so they know they’re in there with pals but don’t know which one is saying what. It’s a chat room version of Wut. “It's like having a conversation with the lights off,” Rumr says on its download page.

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Wakie

Screenshot of Wakie
What We Like
  • Talk instantly.

  • Make new friends.

  • No judgment.

What We Don't Like
  • Some users have unsavory intentions.

  • Potential for trolling.

  • Can be buggy.

Wakie users go by pseudonyms. Choose any nickname you want and express yourself without fear of judgment. Post a question or topic and request or accept phone calls if you want to talk to someone one-on-one.

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Omegle

Screenshot of Omegle
What We Like
  • Text or video chat.

  • Mobile or desktop options.

  • No download required.

What We Don't Like
  • Potential for explicit content.

  • Not appropriate for under 18.

  • Cyberbullies benefit from the anonymity.

Omegle asks users to type in a topic they want to chat about and pairs them with another anonymous user. Alternatively, you can just start chatting with the next person available. Use it without providing any information or even downloading an app.