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PostSecret is a community art project curated by Frank Warren. On its website, people are encouraged to put their secrets on a post card and mail them to Warren, who posts ten cards of his choice to the site every Sunday.


Frank Warren, a former small business owner from Germantown, Maryland, registered the domain name[1] on October 6th, 2004. Over the next month, Warren left 3,000 postcards at local restaurants, bookstores, theaters and train stations[6] instructing people to contribute to his group art project by leaving a secret they had never told anyone on the blank side of the card. That November, Warren set up an exhibit of the 150 cards he had received at Artomatic[5], a local multimedia arts exhibition held every few years in Washington, D.C.

SHARE A SECRET PLACE POSTAGE HERE You are invited to anonymously contribute a secret to a group art project. Your secret can be a regret, lear, betrayal, desire, confession or childhood humiliation. Reveal anything as long as it is true and you have never shared it with anyone before. PostSecret 13345 Copper Ridge Rd. Germantown, Maryland 20874-3454 STEPS Take a postcard, or two. Tell your secret anonymously Stamp and mail the postcard. TIPS Be brief-the fewer words used the better Be legible-use big, clear and bold lettering. Be creative let the postcard be your canvas. SEE A SECRET Share a Secret Take One

Even after the end of the exhibition, people continued to mail secret postcards to Warren, inspiring him to launch the website via Blogspot on January 1st, 2005. At the beginning, Warren would line up the postcards in his home and take photos of them instead of scanning them. By August 2005, PostSecret had received 5 million hits and 3,000 post cards[6] from around the world.

Precursor: Confession Blogs

While PostSecret is not the first confession blog, it was the first to incorporate the aesthetic appeal of the postcard medium into sharing personal details of one’s life. The earliest known confessional blog has been attributed to the text-based site NotProud,[11] which was first launched in 2000 to curate user-submitted secrets that are sorted into seven different categories.[12] Other early adopters of user-submitted confession blogs include,[14] which assigns random numbers to confessions in case users want to interact with each other anonymously, and Confess-it[13], which allows users to anonymously submit audio recordings of their confessions.

Possible Murder Confession

On August 31st, 2013, Warren posted that week's secrets containing a postcard of a Google satellite map with the text "She said she dumped me but really I dumped her (body)" and a red arrow pointing to what appeared to be a wooded area (shown below) . After posting the secret, he tweeted[46] a question, asking whether or not Redditors could help track down more information. Nearly immediately, the image was submitted to /r/WTF[47] where it received 391 upvotes, 314 overall points and 173 comments tracking the map down to Jackson Park in Chicago before it was removed by a moderator for posting identifying information.

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Following the removal of the /r/WTF post, the subreddit /r/PostSecretCrimeInfo[48] was created, gaining nearly 100 subscribers in 24 hours. On September 1st, the Daily Dot[49] reported on the postcard and the ensuing conversation over PostSecret's responsibility when receiving cards that potentially break laws. The same day, the Chicago Tribune[50] reported that a search team had scoured Jackson Park but they did not find any evidence of a dead body.


The first news program to discuss Frank Warren's project was NPR's All Things Considered[10] on March 30th, 2005. Later that year, PostSecret was featured on the Guardian[6], CoolHunting[19] and the Washington Post.[20] It was also named one of the 50 Coolest Websites of 2005[22] by TIME Magazine. By November 2005, Warren had published his first book[21] compilation of postcards. That same year, actual secrets from the project were printed in large format and used in a music video by American rock band All-American Rejects.

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Over the years, PostSecret and Frank Warren have been featured on the Huffington Post[37], Neatorama[38], USA Today[39] and Mashable.[40] The site has also won multiple Weblog Awards[36] and seven Webby Awards. In addition, parodies of the blog have been featured on CollegeHumor[34] and Celeb Post Secret.[35]


As of May 9th, 2012, PostSecret has an Alexa[2] global rank of 15,547 and US rank of 3830, Compete[3] score of 10,757 and a Quantcast[4] rank of 9185. On Facebook[8], PostSecret has 1,148,556 likes and has 487,623 followers on Twitter.[9] As of February 2012, PostSecret is the most visited advertisement free blog in the world and Warren has received more than 500,000 postcards.[7]

The Post Secret Community[23] (shown left below) was founded in July 2007 as a message board for fans of the site to discuss featured posts and share secrets of their own on an in-depth level. The community also hosts meet ups and provides an outlet for fans to interact outside of confession-sharing. Since Warren does not keep secrets on public display for longer than a week, several now-defunct sites created their own archives including a Tumblr blog[26], a Flickr[27], and a Blogspot.[28][29] (shown right below) and a second Tumblr[25] are currently archiving secrets, both using searchable tags to collect cards on the same topic. Tumblr users can also share secrets that they have saved via the tag #PostSecret.[33]

COMMUNITY CARTE POSTALE RE PostSecret Events Live PostSecret Events & Exhibits News & FAQ Where do I mail in my secrets? And more Books Become a supporting member buy a book PostSecret Chat Video Secrets st Secr Submit and watch PostSecret Videos SUNDAY SECRETS RSS HOME ABOUT TELL US YOUR SECRET REGISTER Tell us your secret Post Secret Archive New Secrets Secret Archives Twitter Latest secrets to your inbox Your email: Subscribe MAY 6TH, 2012-4凇PM§INNEWSECRES MAY 6TH, 2012 . 4:41 PM § IN NEWSECRETS Myfriends trust me with their darkest secrets. I miss her I miss her so much more than im letting people believe.... i miss her My friends trust me with their darkest secrets. I will always be there for my friends and I value loyalty above all else. But, knowing their secrets is taking a toll on me and I can only remain silent. MY FRIENDS SECRETS I WILL ALWAYS BE MY FRIENDS AND I VALUE LOYALTY ABOVE ALL ELSE. BUT. KNOWING THIER SECRETS IS TAKING TOLL ON ME so much more then im letting people believe DICAN ONLY Tags: miss her 6 Comments Tags: secrets 2 Comments MAY 6TH, 2012-4:40 PM § INNEw SECRETS We've been together for fouryears. We've been together for four years... andI still love

In 2007, a secret about a lost camera found at the music festival Lollapalooza encouraged Canadian student Matt Preprost to start a blog called I Found Your Camera[30], which allows its visitors to submit found photographs in order to return them to their proper owners. The blog was covered on Digital Journal[31] and CNN[32] in 2008, as well as in Warren’s TED talk in 2012.

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Confession blogs have also grown popular on Tumblr[15], with a directory[16] containing hundreds of links to fandom-based sites. Additionally, there are hundreds of confession threads archived[24] from 4chan and at least eight[17] different subreddits where Redditors can share their secrets, including one specifically for PostSecret.[18]

iPhone App

In September 2011, Warren released a paid mobile app that allows its users to anonymously share secrets and post comments through their iPhones. On January 1st, 2012, Warren removed it from the App Store, stating that the malicious content on the site became overwhelming for its volunteer moderators[41] and that he had removed the app from his daughter's phone over a month earlier. Before its removal, the app had taken the top spot in the store with 30,000 secrets per day and 2 million overall shared with the tool. The discontinuation of the app was covered by Cnet[42], the Washington Post[43], Mashable[44] and MSNBC.[45]

Search Interest

External References

[1] PostSecret Home

[2] Alexa –

[3] Compete –

[4] Quantcast –

[5] Artomatic – Home

[6] Guardian – Secret Service

[7] BoingBoing – PostSecret's Frank Warren Gives a TED Talk

[8] Facebook – Postsecret

[9] Twitter – @postsecret

[10] NPR – Postcards Feature Secret Messages from Strangers

[11] Not Proud – Confessed (archive from 2006)

[12] Yahoo! News – Would You Share Your Confessions with the World?

[13] Confess-it – Home

[14] – Home

[15] Tumblr – Posts tagged "Confession Blog"

[16] Tumblr – Fuck Yeah Confession & Secret Blogs (Directory)

[17] Reddit – Links to secret sharing subreddits

[18] Reddit – /r/PostSecret

[19] Cool Hunting – PostSecret

[20] the Washington Post – Confessions Are Good for the Soul

[21] Amazon – PostSecret: Extraordinary Confessions from Ordinary Lives

[22] TIME – 50 Coolest Websites 2005: Blogs

[23] PostSecret Community – Home

[24] Chanarchive – Search results for "confession"

[25] Tumblr – Archive Post Secret

[26] Tumblr – PostSecret Archive

[27] Flickr – Post Secret Archive

[28] Blogspot – Post Secret Archive

[29] PostSecret Archive – Home

[30] I Found Your Camera

[31] Digital Journal – Website Posts 'Orphan Photos' From Lost Cameras, Hoping to Find Owners

[32] CNN – Lost something? Check the virtual lost and found

[33] Tumblr – Posts tagged "postsecret"

[34] CollegeHumor – PostSecrets Through History

[35] Celeb Post Secret

[36] Wikipedia – The Weblog Awards (Bloggies)

[37] Huffington Post – EXCLUSIVE: New PostSecret Post Cards

[38] Neatorama – Post Secret: New Book Interview with Frank Warren

[39] USA Today – Blogger gives dark secrets the first-class treatment

[40] Mashable – Frank Warren’s A Lifetime of Secrets of PostSecret

[41] App Advice – PostSecret iPhone App Removed From App Store Due To Misuse

[42] Cnet – PostSecret shuts down iPhone app due to abusive posts

[43] Washington Post – PostSecret iPhone app shut down due to 'threatening' and 'pornographic' content

[44] Mashable – PostSecret App Discontinued Because of ‘Malicious’ Posts

[45] MSNBC – PostSecret iPhone app closed due to 'threatening' and 'pornographic' content

[46] Twitter – @postsecret: I have tried to share all the information I have on the top secret this week.

[47] Reddit – /r/WTF: Guy sends in the map location of his dead girlfriend's body to PostSecret. Reddit, can you identify where this is?

[48] Reddit – /r/PostSecretCrimeInfo

[49] The Daily Dot – Did PostSecret pass around a murder confession?

[50] Chicago Tribune – Search turns up nothing after anonymous postcard tip of dumped body

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1. Say you killed someone or yourself
2. Have coordinates to some random area
3. Send it to someone popular on the internet that receives things (Tumblr ask account, reddit, websites like PostSecret
4. If it doesn't work, try, try again
5. Have fun!



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