Confession, in 140 Characters or Less

Have a secret? Tweet it, and feel absolved
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 20, 2009 11:51 AM CDT
Confession, in 140 Characters or Less
Why go into church for confession when you can anonymously reveal your sins via Twitter?   (©adactio)

What to do if a secret is eating you up inside? If you can phrase it concisely, digital absolution is close at hand via, writes the Guardian. Anonymous users twitter their hidden sadness and shame, for example: "My wife asks why I am moody. My secret mistress of 20 years just died of cancer. I feel so alone."

Does what Guardian writer Sean Thomas calls "a craze within a craze" really work with the crowd in the role of priest and/or shrink? "I've done a couple of Secret Tweets; it is oddly therapeutic. You fess up your worst secrets to strangers, and somehow you feel better: cleansed and purged."

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