Curious what you all think of this. Ephemeral social media is any social media that basically auto-deletes itself after a set amount of time. Snapchat seems to be the most popular example of this; basically a mobile texting app in which messages up to 10 seconds before they're deleted. Initially it sounds like it was mostly just an avenue for kids to get away with things they would otherwise come to regret, like "sexting", but over time it attracted an audience of... regular people, using it for regular conversations. Why? It could be anything from the aforementioned covering one's own ass upon making a stupid decision; to protecting yourself from the stranger who just found the phone you lost following a text message with your forgetful wife who texted you asking where the spare key is hidden. The point is, more and more people are interested in cleaning up their digital footprint. This is old news though - I'd wager most of you are already familiar Snapchat, and so far it seems to be a mobile-messenger dominated trend. My question is what's next? Our online rights are constantly being threatened with things like SOPA, PIPA, CISPA, etc, and while folks have made it clear that we DO NOT want that; every time the proposal gets shot down, it just gets revised, renamed, refocused on a different right... and each time the outcry against it is quieter, because people stop caring. So, it's only a matter of time. There's also been a disturbing trend lately in which employers are demanding social media profile login info, so they can get into an employees account and see everything, whether or not it was "visible to the public" or "friends only" or "just me". Thankfully there's been a push against that unethical practice, but like CISPA n' friends, I'm sure it's a weed that will find a way to grow back. I have a facebook profile, which I use to keep in touch with friends and family. I was skimming it the other day to see just how much was on that thing, and it still had posts that were made when I first started my account in 2007! Got me thinking... what benefit is there in preserving content that old? Those conversations have long since been forgotten by their intended audience. The only purpose it could possibly serve is for some prying eye to try to find dirt on me; be it a potential employer, "big brother", or even -and I hope we never fall this low- a court of law. So, I slapped some macros together in Razer Synapse to help automate the process (seriously, THANK YOU Razer! ...made what would be a several-day long project take just a couple hours!) and proceeded to delete, untag, unlike, and remove from my news feed every action I've made with my account from (Aug?) 2007 to Feb 1st 2015; and will periodically do a mini-version of the same to prevent any content from getting much more than a month or so old. So... I've kind of manually made my Facebook a Snapchat-like profile. ...which made me wonder is there's an actual social network website geared toward ephemeral content? Not just a mobile messenger like Snapchat, but an actual "facebook" that can auto-delete anything done by the user, on timers set by the user. Some Googling has revealed that either such a service does not exist, or that my search skills are perhaps not the best. If any of you know otherwise, I'd love to hear about it! If something like this doesn't exist... do you think it will soon? With services like Snapchat, demand definitely seems to be increasing. ...any of you a web designer and want to become the next Zuckerberg?