Six months into growing and evolving Secret, our community has shown us how much demand there is for a social network centered around honest conversations. Whether it’s reporters in Moscow using Secret to interview Linkin Park, friends giving each other advice about their salaries or people lamenting about their (mostly) hilarious dating lives, these conversations share one thing in common: they are hard to imagine seeing anywhere else.
The compelling conversations we see everyday inspire us to expand Secret — to more social contexts (e.g., Dens pilot) and of course — to more people. As of today, this expansion is visible in two new ways: Secret Collections on the web, and the introduction of Facebook Login on Android and iOS throughout this week (yes it’s anonymous, we don’t even store your public name).
Collections gives you a daily digest into the very best of Secret — the conversations about work, love, loss and even food that have traveled far and wide through Secret give you a sense of what people are really feeling. Secret users can subscribe to any Collection and automatically receive new secrets from that collection in their Explore stream. This is a first step in giving users more control over their experience on Secret and we’re excited to hear your feedback. Check them out here.
Facebook Login has been our top requested feature, for good reason. Our community members want more friend content in their stream, beyond simply the contacts from their phone. Facebook Login gives any user the option to (completely anonymously) connect Secret to Facebook and populate your stream with Facebook friends.
Collections and Facebook Login are just the beginning of the work we have yet to do. While the first six months were about us learning and perfecting the Secret experience, the rest of our first year will be focused on bringing Secret to more people, in more interesting ways.
To support this next chapter, we are thrilled to bring in new funding that will allow us to continue to build the most open, connected and honest social network in the world. Index Ventures, Redpoint Ventures, Garry Tan and Alexis Ohanian, SV Angel, Fuel Capital, Ceyuan Ventures, and several others that shall remain a secret have all contributed to our Series-B financing round of $25MM. We’re also thrilled to have Index’s Danny Rimer be the first addition to our Board of Directors.
The Secret Team
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