Facebook said to be working on "disposable chat" (aka sexting) app

Facebook said to be working on
With the backlash to privacy concerns and your communication on the Internet being essentially immortal, a new trend has been emerging in the realm of "disposable chat". So, rather than something like Gmail or Facebook, which is intended to keep your communication forever, or Twitter, where private conversation becomes public. There is a move to communication that "self-destructs" and it looks like Facebook wants in on that market. Of course, a major use for that market isn't just regular off-the-record chat, but rather sexting.

Currently, the king of the "disposable chat" market is an app called Snapchat, where users can share photos or text with friends, but the person receiving the message gets no more than ten seconds to view the message before it "self-destructs" and is gone forever. Snapchat has a community that sends about 50 million photos per day, and has a reputation for being used as a sexting tool (although we're a bit curious what can be accomplished in no more than 10 seconds...) And, as a reader points out, even if you try to take a screenshot of the Snapchat message, that screenshot will automatically delete, and the person you're communicating with will be warned that you tried to take that screenshot. 

Facebook reportedly wants in on the "disposable chat" market, but it's unclear as yet how much users would trust a Facebook app for this purpose. Facebook is obviously trying to change its image a bit, from the company that shares everything publicly, to a company that gives you control. But, we're not sure how successful the move will be. 

source: ReadWriteWeb

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24 Comments

1. Captain_Doug

Posts: 1037; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

10 seconds? You could, I don't know, screenshot it?!?

3. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

LOOL....wth is this uprising!

12. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

I guess they updated the article. It can't take screenshots.

17. Captain_Doug

Posts: 1037; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Your phone can though...

15. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4766; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

But it would take more than 10 seconds to open, look, REALISE (that you really want the screenshot), open the screenshot app and by that time, BOOM!!!! Sounds like James bond. "This message will self-destruct in 10..9..8..."

18. Captain_Doug

Posts: 1037; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

On all the CM roms I use if you hold down the power button it gives you the power menu, one of those items being a screenshot. Takes 3 or 4 seconds.

20. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4766; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

I get it that you are an advanced user... But not every one is, most would just keep the OS the way it is.

23. Captain_Doug

Posts: 1037; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

And be stuck with motoblur, sense, or touchwiz? DOES NOT COMPUTE!

24. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

In the Samsung Galaxy S3, you just wipe the screen to take a screenshot.

21. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

As was pointed out below, Snapchat supposedly blocks screenshot attempts and sends a warning to the person messaging you when you try. Not sure if there's a way around that feature on a rooted device. Oh, and FYI, if you're on Android 4.0+, just hold the power and volume down buttons together to get a screenshot. That's the fastest way.

2. p0rkguy

Posts: 685; Member since: Nov 23, 2010

Everybody knows nothing is disposable once uploaded. Too bad teens these days are dumbasses so their privacy deserves to be online for everybody else to ridicule. Hell, we still have young adults that still do sext.

4. danny_a2005

Posts: 343; Member since: Oct 06, 2011

I give facebook no more than 2 years... it's staring to get annoying, just like windows live messenger...

22. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1770; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Wishful thinking, Facebook is so huge it's not going anywhere.

5. iami67

Posts: 330; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Screen shot wont work. If you dont want it to that is. With snapchat if you try taking a screenshot the picture ereases imediatley and then the sender gets a notificatoin saying you tried doing that.

6. BattleBrat

Posts: 1476; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

damn, they're getting all fancy on us!!

7. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

Did not know that. Thanks for the info, I've edited the article to add that in.

9. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

i've just been using Snapchat since last night and i had considered the screenshot method but i won't now, thanks for the warning fellow reader! c:

8. Fuego84

Posts: 357; Member since: May 13, 2012

I just hope they don't make this a part of the Facebook app. I don't think anyone wants to see.... (Your mother) likes sexting app join (your mother )on sexting app lol.

10. Nikolas.Oliver

Posts: 1574; Member since: Jul 01, 2012

take a photo of the screen

11. Reluctant_Human

Posts: 910; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

Or you could not be an idiot and don't send pictures of yourself naked..

13. nyamo

Posts: 274; Member since: Mar 19, 2011

But that's all too easy

14. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

If someone sends you a nudie, it's just bad form not to reciprocate. You don't want to be rude.

16. Reluctant_Human

Posts: 910; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

Brett Favre would agree with your comment all day every day.

19. DanMarino13

Posts: 63; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

i don't know whether to commend you for making fun of brett favre, or dislike you cause you brought up brett favre....

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