The most interesting story that I came across on News.com this morning was about the development of self-destructing messages: "This text will self-destruct in 40 seconds." Seriously, how many times have you joked around with a coworker or friend that a particular message or e-mail would self-destruct in 5, 4, 3, 2, 1? Personally, I remember playing that little imaginary game when I was a kid... and now it's finally coming true.
"Staellium UK said its StealthText service will allow business executives dealing with sensitive information to send texts that will delete themselves from the recipient's mobile phone soon after the person has read them. Once a message has been sent, the recipient receives a text notification showing the sender's name and providing a link to the message. Once opened, the message will disappear after about 40 seconds."
So, what kind of super secret business would need such a service? Maybe your network admin could use it to send you your forgotten password. Or perhaps the HR person in your IT organization could text you stock, benefits, or 401K information. Or, if you're as playful as I am, you can text someone on your team a combobulated message that requires careful deciphering. *tick tock tick tock....* Oh yes, this is very cool indeed.
Sonja Thompson started at TechRepublic in October 1999. She is a former Senior Editor at TechRepublic.