We all know that what we say online is often there to stay forever, and ephemeral messaging combats that by deleting messages and images shortly after they are viewed.
The fact that messages have a limited shelf life can mean that messages are more spontaneous and more similar to real world communication.
Blink occupies the a middle ground between Facebook Poke and SnapChat in allowing users to share their messages with either individuals or groups of friends and will soon include video, audio notes, sketches and doodles.
Blink also has the ability to make messages permanent making it more akin to apps likes WhatsApp and Viber.
With self destructing messages there is always going to be the chance for people to bully or sext each other with little risk of reprimand but there are some steps you can take to make sure that your ephemeral messaging experience doesn’t end in tears:
1. Don’t gamble. If you are thinking about misbehaving via a self-destructing message, don’t gamble that the person you’re sending it to is playing by the same rules. There ARE ways of saving disposable messages.
2. Be nice! Temporary messaging is not a license to bully, harass or be reckless. Don’t change who you are just because you don’t think anyone will find out. Be spontaneous, not stupid.
3. Face time. Yes communication tools have come a long way, and we can share things with people instantly around the world but there’s no substitute for actually being with someone and talking to them.