This Text Message Will Self-Destruct in 60 Seconds
Vanishing text service new friend to the stars
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 4, 2011 3:23 AM CST
Updated Feb 4, 2011 7:03 AM CST
"People think they don't need it but the second they get it, they can't imagine life without it," TigerText's president says.    (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)

(Newser) – It's too late to help Tiger Woods cover his tracks, but the creators of a text message auto-delete service say other celebrities trying to keep their lives private are among its half-million users. TigerText—no connection to the golfer—sends texts that disappear from both a user and sender's phone after a set period—anywhere between a minute and a month—reports the Wall Street Journal.

Several other companies offer similar services, and business is also booming among corporate clients and doctors. TV producer Michael Duggan plans to use TigerText's document feature to prevent his new script from spreading all over Hollywood. "In this digital age, scripts immediately get blasted all over town even if you send it to one person," he says. "That can really hurt a project."

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Aitchondo
Feb 4, 2011 7:24 AM CST
How about an app to let text idiots not text. Wait....
pg13
Feb 4, 2011 5:19 AM CST
It's a nice idea. Don't waste your money on it right now though. Current SMS protocols don't implement auto-delete. That means it would be a different app for each model of phone that RECEIVES the message. Plus, if I was by law required to provide an audit trail for my messages, there's no way I'd buy a phone that autodeleted texts.
zgagnon
Feb 4, 2011 4:13 AM CST
This might be a fun application to use on the Friday/Saturday nights...so i don't have to live in hell the next morning after reading my drunk texts.