What is unique about these apps is that they came with the promise that whatever images and videos they sent would self destruct 10 seconds after being viewed.
You can imagine what happened next. Boys will be boys and girls will be girls; the mass messaging of various body parts ensued, and I’m not talking forearms and finely turned ankles.
After all, what harm could be done? Well it turns out, quite a bit.
After not very much digging it emerged that it was possible to permanently store received files on both Poke and Snapchat.
While no doubt fixes will be incoming, it’s important to remind ourselves that these days “stupid is for life”. Sadly, gone are the days when being ridiculous and naked were kept in a little photo album in a draw. These days it’s all out there, which can be a wonderful thing, or a pretty bad one.
There’s an obvious lesson here so I’m not going to spell it out. When it comes to technology, there will always be new, “safe” ways to do it and just like Facebook Poke and Snapchat, people will learn how to crack them.
And as far as New Year’s resolutions go, “I will not send people pictures of my naked body” can’t be that hard to keep, surely?
Do you use Facebook Poke or Snapchat? Did you send or receive risqué images or videos? Are you concerned that people might have kept them? Let me know here on the blog or on Facebook.