Anonymous Social Networking Apps

Confess your feelings and thoughts without sharing your identity

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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 some social apps you might want to check out.

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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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After School is 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 cyber bullying 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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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.

Download Psst! Anonymous: Android | More »

Be Careful with Anonymous Apps

PARENTAL WARNING: 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 child predators, cyberbullying, threats, stalking and other scary stuff. Use these apps with caution, and report anything you think could be considered harmful or abusive.