Whisper App Lets You Share Anonymous Confessions Online

Confess Anonymously with This Social App

Ever posted a Facebook status update or a tweet on Twitter and then later regretted it? With so many social networking sites and apps out there along with the pressure to share every aspect of our lives online with our friends, it's no surprise that over-sharing is becoming more of a problem these days.

An app called Whisper is something that sort of helps solve the problem of sharing too much with too many people you know, lettings users to anonymously post their thoughts, feelings or confessions on its own social community of anonymous confessors. People are calling it a more modern-day version of PostSecret.

Getting Started with Whisper

The Whisper app is available for both iPhone and Android devices, and although it's been around since 2012, it became very popular among teens and young adults in early 2014. Once you've downloaded it, you'll be asked to confirm that you are at least 17 years old or older. After that, you're basically all set up to start using the app.

Instead of the familiar account set-up process we're used to seeing on most apps, which require an email address and password, Whisper will suggest an anonymous nickname for you and will ask you to submit a pin to use for security purposes.

How Whisper Works

The Home tab features a grid of confession posts known as "whispers," and a menu at the top that lets you shift between latest, popular, featured and nearby. For the nearby tab to work, which lets you see anonymous posts coming from close to wherever you are situated in the world, you will need to let Whisper access your location.

There's a big plus button that hovers over each tab, which lets you post your own whisper. You're first asked to provide the text portion of your whisper, and then the app will suggest a photo to go with it. If you want to use a different photo, you can search for others in the app, choose one from your phone or take one with your phone's camera.

Once you're happy with the way your whisper looks, which is always in the form of a photo that has the text confession written all over it, you can add some tags and the post it for everyone else on Whisper to see.

The Social Part of Whisper

After you've sent your first whisper out into cyberspace, it will start showing up in other users' feeds, and then they can start interacting with it. In fact, they can even contact you directly.

When viewing a whisper, tapping the bottom menu will bring up three options: heart, reply and direct message. The heart option symbolizes the traditional "like" we're so used to seeing on other apps, while the reply option lets users respond with their own whispers. The direct message option gives users a way to contact other users privately.

If you navigate to the menu, which can be accessed by tapping the menu list icon located to the far left of the logo at the top, you'll see an option that lets you invite friends. Whisper allow you to automatically send out invites to your phone contacts, email contacts, Facebook friends or Twitter followers.

Check the "Activity" tab in the menu to see what kind of interaction your whispers are getting, and tap the bubble icon located on the far right of the logo at the top to check your private direct messages any time and chat back and forth with them.

Controversy Surrounding Whisper

Despite the anonymity of the users who enjoy posting whatever they feel like posting on the app, it still has a lot of potential to cause trouble. The app is chock-full of some really dark and dramatic confessions, one of which caused quite a stir online, which involved someone claiming to know about the secret love life of certain a Hollywood actor.

Whisper's privacy policy states that all users "acknowledge and agree that transmissions over the Internet can never be completely secure," but the truth of the matter is that most teens and young adults don't exactly realize this. Similar to Snapchat, Whisper can be classified as another trendy app that can really mislead people into thinking that they can freely post anything they want online without worrying about being found out, or suffering the consequences. 

In terms of its very openly social community, Whisper may also puts people at risk of being targeted by potential predators. Think about it: anyone could check out the whisper posts that are coming from users at a nearby location, and then start private messaging those users. From the looks of it, there's no way to block anyone from messaging you.

For more about this topic, check out some of our Teen Parenting Expert's articles on the top 10 social networks teens are using, and how to establish cell phone rules to help keep them safe.