Anonymous Apps on the Rise in Reaction to Full Identity Disclosure on Large Social Networks

Leak Lets People Send Anonymous Emails Straight To Your Inbox

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It’s hardly surprising in the wake of surrendering our full identities online to all of the large-scale social networks, that anonymous outlets would be on the rise.

Anonymous apps like Secret and Whisper, and Yik Yak are striking a chord with a jaded general public who are tired of manicuring their lives on social platforms for all to see. Facebook, Google+ and Twitter compel you to surrender your identity to make the most of the service. But if you are accountable for absolutely everything, things become, well, a bit boring. People enjoy being able to gossip, comment (and troll) without social ramifications. There was uproar recently when Youtube linked people’s Google+ ID (your real name) to their Youtube comments. This has since been reversed. is the newest incarnation of these anonymous outlets. Leak allows you to send anonymous emails to people. You just type in the email address, choose the type of relationship you have with that person (friend, coworker, etc.) and send off your message.

“I am one of your classmates and I think you are talented but you should do something else.”

There’s something a bit unsavoury about this service, though. Disconcertingly direct to your inbox, it sounds like a bit of a violation. It’s not like any of the poor sods receiving these helpful ‘anonymous’ tip offs actually subscribed to the service. With Secret and Yik Yak, it’s all fair game if you are there in the first place. With Leak I imagine things could get quite nasty very quickly. Even some of the examples Leak proudly displays on its website of actual ‘leaks’ such as “I think you’re so sexy, even if you’re fat” and “I am just hanging out with you because you know a lot of people. That’s it.” are plainly grotesque.

If that's how it's going to be, Leak can get stuffed.