Top 10 Anonymous Social Networking Apps

Confess Your Feelings and Thoughts Without Sharing Your Identity

Long ago, back before our identities were so present online via social media, it was a lot easier to remain pretty nameless and faceless on the Internet. Today, however, with the range of popular social apps we use to stay in touch with friends and the mobile devices we take everywhere with us, it's pretty safe to say that being undiscoverable online is almost impossible. 

But there's a lot of pressure that comes with posting the right status update or selfie at just the right time in order to get the most likes and the most comments these days, and that's partly why several anonymous-themed social apps have started attracting more interest lately. It's almost as if we've come full circle with social media and we're back at the beginning again, preferring the privacy and peace of mind that we don't have to keep up with our online identities.

What could be better than sharing something without worrying about what other people will think of you? If you like the sound of something like that, here are 10 social apps you might want to check out.

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Yik Yak is popular with the younger crowd, where students at high schools and colleges use it to view location-based messages nearby and post without sharing anything about their identity. The app has dealt with its fair share of controversy, as do many of these types of apps, but it's the one that's arguably the big winner right now in terms of anonymous social sharing apps. Users can upvote or downvote posts so the best ones show up at the top -- similar to Reddit.

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Before Yik Yak took center stage, Whisper and Secret (no longer available) were the two big anonymous social sharing apps turning heads. Whisper lets you choose from one of their many photos and add text overlay of a confession or comment you want to put out there namelessly. You can even privately message other users you want to connect with, all while keeping your identity (and theirs) totally secret.

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FireChat is an interesting one because its anonymous feature is optional. It works as a location-based chat app that lets you chat with anyone around you, even when you're not connected to the Internet. You can message people privately, join chatrooms based around certain topics, see what the community is talking about in "Everyone" mode and even send photos directly through the messaging feature.

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As an alternative to Yik Yak, which is huge on college campuses, there's After School for the kids who aren't quite there yet. The app lets teens anonymously post anything to their school's private message board. Since users are so young, the app maintains a zero tolerate rate for cyberbullying and incorporates a feature that lets kids chat with experts about school-related problems or anything that might be causing them stress.

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Are Yik Yak and After School not enough for you? Well, then there's Kandid -- yet another anonymous sharing app targeted at the student crowd. It's a little like Whisper and Yik Yak combined. You can submit confessions by selecting a photo and typing something to be displayed on top of it, and you can switch between seeing posts from a private feed of your school or from around your city. Like Whisper, it has a private messaging feature too.

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Memo is a messenger app that's supposed to offer co-workers a safe place to chat anonymously about their workplace. According to the developers, it's used by IBM, Amazon, HP, McKinsey, and the United States Military. When you sign up, you'll be asked to verify your employer first. Through dedicated, private workplace message boards, the app aims to promote more transparency and give managers more insight into how their employees really feel.

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Anomo is an interesting social networking app that starts you off completely anonymous, and then gives you total choice and control to reveal certain pieces of yourself to the people you interact with. Its location-based functionality lets you chat with people nearby, or you can use the "Mingle" feature to find people based on similar interests you have. You can also chat one-on-one privately, and play fun ice breaker games if you decide you want to tell people more about yourself.

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This app is all about helping people come together to have interesting conversations without being attached to a name, photo or any other personal information. You can freely and openly share news, opinions, secrets, confessionals, daily life experiences, photos and funny jokes with a huge community. You can alternatively privately message or text people as well, without sharing who you are. Anything you post to the community disappears after 48 hours, similar to Snapchat.

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WUT is a bit different from the others on this list, described as an "anonymish, ephemeral" messaging app for your Facebook network. You need to sign in through Facebook to use it. All your Facebook friends who also use WUT will receive the message you post, not knowing it's from you before it disappears forever. It's quite simple and can add a new, fun dimension to Facebook interaction.

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Got a crush on someone in your phone contacts? The truth is an app that lets you send an anonymous message to tell them. When you send a one-on-one message to flirt, confess, or just say what's on your mind, your name will be hidden and you'll be disguised as an owl character that changes every time you send a new message. You're completely incognito, and when you receive a message from someone else, you'll know it's from your contacts by looking for the little "contact" icon that appears over their owl character.

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Be Careful with Anonymous Apps

When people have the option to hide behind a screen and let loose, things can get a little crazy. Many apps have had to deal with serious instances involving cyberbullying, threats, stalking and other scary stuff. Use these apps with caution, and report anything you think could be considered harmful or abusive.