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Strings is a messaging service that lets you delete those drunk texts

Daniel Cooper, @danielwcooper
January 2, 2015
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It's still early enough in January that if you promise not to drunkenly text pictures of your behind to your friends, it still counts as a New Year's Resolution. Still, in an age where everyone's off-hand conversations can be made public in a flash, it'd be nice to regain some control of where our words are shared. That's where Strings comes in, since the iOS app is a rival to Snapchat and WhatsApp that clearly hopes to foster a consent culture around mobile messaging.

With Strings, users can converse with pictures, videos and text, but if people want to save any of those locally, they have to ask you for your permission. Even better is that a user can edit data on other people's devices, so if you carelessly send the wrong picture or use the wrong word, you can delete it whenever you need to. It's free to download, and the app even mirrors Snapchat's solution to the dreaded screenshot problem. If the recipient takes a screenshot, not only will you be informed, but they'll be given a warning too, which is something, at least.

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