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PostSecret keeps its lips sealed

February 4th, 2010

“Unrecognized evidence, from forgotten journeys, unknowingly rediscovered.” This phrase began a phenomenon known to the world as PostSecret. 

In Jan. 2003, an ordinary man named Frank Warren took a trip to Paris, France. There he bought three “Little Prince” postcards. After a vivid dream which included the postcards, he was inspired to begin a different sort of postcard collection. 

According to postsecretcommunity.com, “[those] ‘Little Prince’ postcards would be the first work of a trilogy of postcards that would consume [Warren’s] life and set [him] on an unimaginable journey.”

PostSecret launched on Jan. 1, 2005. The site began as nothing more than an experimental blog where Warren would post 10 new secrets each Sunday. Today, hundreds of fans check the site each week to view the 20 newly posted secrets, many searching for their own. People from across the United States are invited to create a postcard and reveal their secret to the world.

Junior Meg Haglin, a longtime PostSecret fan, decided to bring the concept to John Carroll University. “I decided to start JCU PostSecret because I had seen that my friend at Washington University in St. Louis was in a WashUPostSecret group,” said Haglin.

Through Facebook, Haglin created a JCU PostSecret group and shared with the campus how to post their secrets anonymously. Haglin also created a Gmail account and shared the password with the group. With access to the account and the password, everyone has the ability to log in and submit their secrets. Haglin checks the site periodically and posts all new messages received. The site has gotten off to a slow start, but Haglin is hopeful that it will catch on.

As of Tuesday, Feb. 2, five people had created visual post secrets and another two had shared their secrets as wall posts. 

So far the secrets shared on the JCU PostSecret group have been G-rated. However, the real PostSecret has revealed some more serious secrets. 

“Some of them are very shocking, but I think they are great because it gives us glimpses into who people really are,” said Haglin. 

JCU students are encouraged to share their secrets by logging onto facebook and typing JCU PostSecret in the search box.