Self-Destructing PMs: The Answer to Social Privacy Concerns?

Posted on November 15th 2013

Self-Destructing PMs: The Answer to Social Privacy Concerns?

privacy on social mediaIn a theoretically flawless social media situation, we could discuss anything with anyone without reservation.  We could share our most intimate secrets, of our own volition, without fear some meddling schmuck will copy-paste our feelings into a terrible meme. Unfortunately, this capricious Sesame Street society called ‘social media’ has long lost its privacy appeal, meaning getting vital messages to friends without worrying about being robbed at gunpoint just isn’t plausible anymore.

Then, of course, Spyshakers, BurnNote and NoteShred stepped in.  Think of James Bond running head first into Jason Bourne, then hiding behind Maxwell Smart while getting cloaked like a Klingon Bird-of-Prey.  Yeah, I’m still trying to wrap my head around that one, too.

Social message explosion – in literal terms

Internet dwellers have long realized that unscrupulous activities will prevail regardless of what preemptive measures tech companies take to prevent such dastardly deeds.  This doesn’t mean you must swallow your privacy rights, however, especially when all you want to do is tell your aunt you’ll make it for Ezekiel’s bar mitzvah.  Although there’s not an app for that, there is perhaps the best internet tool in the world to securitize your words of wit: it’s called self-destructive messaging.

Tired of exes extruding your messages into secret files which they’ll use against you later? Ever worry what would happen to your reputation should anyone skillfully hijack your Facebook profile?  Fear not, young Jedi: proprietary programming today allows certified messages to get created, short-linked, emailed then have an expiration date less than your microwaveable pizza rolls.

How will certified messages help social media?

Emails, PMs and IMs aren’t encrypted – let’s just put that out there.  Government officials are already working on using your Facebook pictures in facial recognition programs.  All told, there really isn’t anything private about today’s private message schema.  Certified messages offer several things, such as:

  • Pinpointing, at city level, where other people are located should they intercept your message (provided the troglodyte isn't proxying or masking their IP in some other manner)
  • Making intercepted messages unreadable; they’ll blow up if read by other wandering keyboardists
  • You don’t need account verifications, Captcha codes or your mother’s maiden name to use them
  • White labeling coming soon, making it perfect for those wanting to host their own certified message party
  • The ability to use these messages as virtual ‘tripwires’ to see what others are doing against you.
  • Using sites like Goalchiever would prove fruitful, too, because you can definitely see a broader social picture using their platform.

I caught up with the Spyshakers certified message platform founder, Grant Friedline, who wrapped up his 10 Reasons to use Certified Messages in one short summary: "The cool thing about Spyshakers and our certified messages is what happens after the message is read. Tracing and displaying all the visitors that try to view an expired certified message is a very effective detriment for snooping. Expired certified message links live on as digital landmines in any online account. You can literally trace back and see if anyone has been poking around in your email account by checking the reporting on the links. This can significantly soften the blow if your email or Facebook is ever hacked."

Certify messages, indemnify your privacy

As business owners, you may be curious to find out if the employees of online services you use are reading your messages, or you may want to prevent them from doing so.  As concerned parents, you may want to tell your son to get his ass home without revealing to hackers where his ass is.  Or, you may want to defeat a mighty Kraken without telling other clans your intentions.

Amidst the chaos surrounding Snowden and his NSA unravelings, billions are scrambling to protect their lives from obtrusive spying.  In the social media world, this means having the ability to communicate privately without detrimenting your good name, or having secret conversations seen by everyone.  That being said, certified messages will, without a doubt, provide triple indemnity for your privacy concerns if used properly.  It's never suggested, for purposes of tracking, that one reads their own messages as they will, in fact, self-destruct on these new platforms.

Social media, as a standalone platform, cannot accomplish what self-destructing messages can simply because the encryption lacks.  If you value conversational secrecy, consider using these new certified message platforms, then cutting-pasting the provided link into a message box.

For businesses, domain name sellers like NamePerfection offer privacy indemnification when purchasing their domains.  Building your business upon these domains would allow a whitelabeling of these certified message services, too.


Dave Smitherson

Dave, navigating the cantankerous quagmire one calls life with startling persistence, offers his experience and love for general news to all interested people of our galaxy.  Writing about the flows of life at Vimeo, watching the Yankees piss away another season and randomly dialing telemarketing companies is among his favorite things. 

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