When BBInc told us about TigerText it just reminded me of old Inspector Gadget reruns where the messages self destruct. While this is not as destructive TigerText hopes to make sure you never “pull a Tiger” by letting you set a validity/expiration date for messages sent through the app. The downside is that instead of normal text messages which are stored on the device these messages are stored on TigerText’s servers which means they can read all the juicy details.
The way it works is that both users need this app installed which is available for the iPhone and is in private beta for BlackBerry (sign up at www.tigertext.com). You then send messages for free (currently) and the messages are stored on the server and when they expire they are no longer available. You can even make the messages self destruct and delete after they read it the first time. They also do not show up on your phone bill since they are not regular text messages.
I am not exactly sure if this will actually save anybody heartache from sending stupid messages in the first place but its worth a shot. I always find that the whole problem with these messages is that you should have never have sent them in the first place. Now I am wondering if maybe RIM should build in an expiration function into BBM where you would have the option to auto-expire certain “secure” messages…
If you are interested you can sign up for the BlackBerry Beta of TigerText at www.tigertext.com.