Have you ever seen the site Postsecret? It’s described this way: “PostSecret is an ongoing community art project where people mail in their secrets anonymously on one side of a homemade postcard.”
I’ve been a fan for many years and every Sunday check in to see the secrets posted for the week. Last year, they came out with a Postsecret App for iPhones and iPad. You could create your own “secrets” and post them anonymously. It took off like a shot and soon people were posting their heart out with all kinds of things. Some were really secrets, some were pleas for attention (lots were, in fact) and some were downright funny.
The sad ending to the story, though, is that some people thought it would be great “fun” to post the most gruesome images (not just diseased body parts but even went as far as child pornography) and Frank (the owner of PostSecret) had a visit from the FBI about those images. When he and his team realized they were unable to moderate everything that was put up there (they tried desperately but those who thought it was “fun” to do this were faster and meaner, apparently), they had to take the whole app down. It’s a shame because it was a way to connect with others, even if anonymously.
(My secret? Every night I would comment on ten different postsecrets with words to lift their spirits. I’d especially look for ones that didn’t have many comments from others and write something so they’d know they were heard.)
You could save the photos if you wanted (and of course, I did because why not find more ways to amuse myself with a computer, right??) so today I’m sharing a few of the ones that I liked.