September 15, 2009

The Nation’s Third Oldest College Newspaper

Volume 80, Issue 2

Frank Warren connecting people with a simple Web site

PostSecret postcard made by a NU student

PostSecret postcard made by a NU student

He has often been referred to as the most trusted man in America.

Frank Warren founded a Web site called PostSecret.com in 2004.

PostSecret is an ongoing community art project where people mail in their secrets anonymously on one side of a homemade postcard. The secret can be about anything. Some examples from postcards shown on the site are: "It is my life goal to help you see what I see in God's creation," "I don't really miss you, but I really miss your dog," and "I put my phone in a plastic bag that way I can still text when I am taking a shower."

According to kepplerspeakers.com, "the Web site for PostSecret is one of the most popular on the Web, and has been featured prominently in the media like USA Today, the Today Show, 20/20, CNN, MSNBC, CBC, NPR, and FOX News." The site is updated with new secrets every Sunday.

Most recently, however, Warren has expanded his audience, from his countless friends on MySpace, Facebook, and Twitter. He even goes on PostSecret event tours where he shows new postcards to his audience and his audience can share secrets with Warren themselves. This year alone, he is visiting 19 colleges, including one in Mexico.

"I hope it allows people to feel like they can be like a little free or open with themselves and a little more accepting of people too," Warren had mentioned in the main trailer for the PostSecret Event Tour this year.

Warren adds, "Somebody might create this wonderful secret, whether it's true to them or not, mail it to the Web site and it connects to dozen or hundreds of other people, and it is the trigger that causes them to maybe change their life."

Mary Gillig, a senior at NU, said, "He's going to Penn State and I would totally drive down there if I had a car."

So then the question arises; is PostSecret coming to NU? It is doubtful. In order for Frank Warren to come anywhere, the event needs to be planned about a year in advance.

Warren has also published four PostSecret books with a fifth on the way. They are filled with postcards not shown on the Web site. The fifth book is entitled "PostSecret: Confessions on Life, Death and God" and goes on sale everywhere Oct. 6. This book is another provocative collection of never-before- seen-postcards from around the world, revealing shocking, moving or laugh-out-loud funny thoughts and feelings we all share about life's most profound questions.

With thousands of secrets sent to him, it seems that Warren has created a way for people to connect and not feel so through just a simple Web site idea.


If you're interested in going to one of Frank Warren's events, check out the schedule at www.postsecretcommunity.com/postsecret-events

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