Silicon Valley Can't Stop Shit-Talking Itself on This New App

Posting secrets anonymously is an old idea on the internet, but Secret is special for one reason: so far it's completely taken over by gossiping techies, early adopters with lots of bile to unload. It's part therapy, part confession, part defamation, and it's a lot of fun to eavesdrop.

The app itself is very basic: you share a text, and only people in your contact list—and their friends—can see it. It's like Whisper, but with a little more intimacy. It also lends itself well to all of the catty, gossipy, faceless maligning we love so much. It's amazing what startup folk will say when you give them a contrived way to speak their mind—the following is just a sample of what I've found so far:

Silicon Valley Can't Stop Shit-Talking Itself on This New App

This sounds very believable!

Silicon Valley Can't Stop Shit-Talking Itself on This New App

As does this. Dave Morin is a regular target on the app:

Silicon Valley Can't Stop Shit-Talking Itself on This New App

As is his silly startup:

Silicon Valley Can't Stop Shit-Talking Itself on This New App

Silicon Valley Can't Stop Shit-Talking Itself on This New App

Morale complaints are common.

Silicon Valley Can't Stop Shit-Talking Itself on This New App

Despair abounds:

Silicon Valley Can't Stop Shit-Talking Itself on This New App

Silicon Valley Can't Stop Shit-Talking Itself on This New App

Silicon Valley Can't Stop Shit-Talking Itself on This New App

And of course, there's good old fashioned rumormongering, too:

Silicon Valley Can't Stop Shit-Talking Itself on This New App

There's no way to verify any of it, and that's the point—but all the postings of the I hate it here variety seem too generic to be fabrications. And really, who can blame them? Silicon Valley demands uniform positivity, against all evidence for positivity, and punishes cynicism or mere criticism as witchcraft. Even the bad ideas and people deserve praise—and who wouldn't go nuts living like that? Maybe Secret will break into the mainstream, but for now, it might be one of the few things keeping these downtrodden techies from a nervous breakdown.