Tuesday, March 2, 2010

TigerText: The App for Spies and Cheaters

A California start-up is launching a new iPhone application called TigerText that allows people to erase text messages after they have been sent out!!
When one recieves the text, they are prompted to download the TigerText application for free in order to read the message, which apparently isn't sent to the recipient's iPhone, but hosted on the company's servers and can be erased whenever the sender wishes.
Sent messages can be deleted on command, or set to automatically vanish after a specific period OR immediately after reading. They also cannot be saved, copied, or forwarded.

Jeffrey Evans, Founder of X Sigma Parters, the company behind TigerText, says: "Tigers are notoriously difficult animals to track. TigerTexts are difficult to track as well. Ninety-nine percent of what people want to keep private has nothing to do with cheating on a spouse or doing anything illegal. How many times have you sent someone a text message and told them after they read it to delete it? Text messages are conversations with another person; the problem is they live forever. I thought it would be great if messages would self-destruct in 60 seconds…When the message is gone from us, it's gone."
In a Hilarious case of irony, the application was apparently named before all of Tiger's nasty little texts were leaked to the press. Evans says:"I understand part of the reason people want to talk about it tod.
The app itself is free to try (the first 100 messages in 15 days are free, and it's always free to read messages), and only $1.49 per 250 messages sent per month ($2.49 per month for unlimited messages) after that. Once you've downloaded it, you must sign up for an account and tether it to your phone (it sends a confirmation to your number), and then you can start sending self-destructing messages right away.