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UK launch for Secret social network

By James Vincent

Secret, an anonymous social network that allows its users to share gossip without names or profiles, is launching in the UK after making waves in America.

The mobile app was launched at the beginning of 2014 and quickly raised $8.6m (£5m) venture capital just 45 days after going public.

Thanks to its anonymity, Secret was quickly embraced in the cliquey social circles of Silicon Valley, where young coders and engineers have used it to share gossip about goings on in big tech firms. Earlier this month Nike denied rumours that surfaced on Secret that it was disbanding the team responsible for FuelBand, its fitness tracker. Weeks later the engineers were let go.

Tech magazine Wired has described the app as "a Burn Book written by the technology blogger set" but Secret claims that it has a broader appeal than just Silicon Valley, and points to its sharing mechanism that makes sure messages are of interest to users.

Many have credited the app's popularity with the growing dissatisfaction with social networks among teens.

Even the likes of Facebook – previously the bastion of concrete identity online – has said its exploring anonymity features.

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