We’ve all heard of stories of celebrities having embarrassing photos going viral causing huge upset and a whole lot of work to try and get the websites to delete them, however, that can all change now thanks to the SnapChat app. It’s designed to put a time-limit on the images that are sent to people so that they only have a set amount of time to see the images before the file is destroyed. It’s a great way to stop leaked rude photos spreading around the Internet like wildfire.
Of course, the SnapChat app owners say that it’s best to simply not send images to people that can’t be trusted and might pass them onto others, but it’s a step in the right direction for celebs that want to keep their personal life between their friends or partners. The time limit can range from 1-10 seconds so the person has enough time to see it before it’s deleted. The person that receives the image has to press a button to view it and hold it down for the allotted time. However, experts suggest that the person viewing it could download it, take a picture of it or Bluetooth it to another device before the timer kills the image. However, SnapChat sends a notification to the sender if a screenshot was taken so they know that their image might not be in safe hands any more.
There is another query about the app which would host the images on the firm’s server. Future Freshman LLC revealed that they would delete the images from the server as the file was deleted from the phone but there is no guarantee for that. We’re sure you can think of files and images that you only want someone to view once and not for very long, so if you want to get hold of the app, head over to the App Store and download it for free. The reviews are already very popular and it means that people can save their phones from being clogged up with mountains of images which takes up their vital on-board storage space.
The app is available for the iPad, iPhone 4S, iPod Touch 4G and any Apple device that runs iOS4 or better. If anything it gives you a little peace of mind when you’re sending images that you don’t want to be spread around the Internet and only for a one-off viewing experience. The self-destructing images can be used for a myriad of things and it’s a great way of having a little more protection in a day and age where we can turn anything into a global phenomenon. It’s not just celebrities that can benefit from the SnapChat app as it could be anyone where there is a potential for embarrassment or security issues when sending image files.
If you want to get hold of the app, you first need an Apple such as a iPhone 4S which are available in white or black, and are on clearance sale from many retailers. You can see the cheapest units at Mobile Phone Checker’s comparison site.