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20 Ephemeral App Examples

From Selfie Messaging Apps to Self-Destructing Messaging Services

— March 19, 2015 — Pop Culture
The best way to see how Snapchat forever changed the mobile application landscape is by browsing through all of these ephemeral app examples. Before the self-destructing photo-sharing service launched, storing data was the thing. Now, app companies can't get rid of your information fast enough, be it a photo, video or text message.

These ephemeral app examples are all inherently social in nature, but don't be surprised if this shifts in the near future. Privacy in the tech world is a hot-button issue, and there may soon be apps designed to temporarily store and then destroy everything from documents to Google Maps search history. For now, though, these apps only expunge your online social footprint. Everything else you'll have to do yourself, for now.
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Private File-Sharing Apps
Private File-Sharing Apps
Digify is Like Snapchat, but for Important Personal Documents
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Directive Video Apps
Directive Video Apps
Sup is an App That Gamifies the Experience of Sharing Videos with Friends
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Exclusive Campus Networks
Exclusive Campus Networks
The College-Only Speakiesy App Can Be Used at SXSW 2015
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Social Broadcasting Apps
Social Broadcasting Apps
The Ephemeral Air App Enables You to Stream Live Video To Your Friends
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Couples Messaging Apps
Couples Messaging Apps
The Couple App for Couples Provides a Dedicated Network for Two
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Group Slideshow Apps
Group Slideshow Apps
Microsoft Xim Makes Sharing Photos Easy Across Multiple Screens
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One-Shot Photography Apps
One-Shot Photography Apps
The WhiteAlbum App Gives You One Chance to Take a Good Photo
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Covert-Message Browser Apps
Covert-Message Browser Apps
The 'Off The Record' Platform Lets you Send Temporary Messages
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Selfie Messaging Apps
Selfie Messaging Apps
iOS Messenger App React Lets You Have Entire Conversations of Just Selfies
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Live Broadcasting Apps
Live Broadcasting Apps
Stre.am Combines Chat Messaging and Livestreaming Content
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10
Inappropriate Content-Monitoring Apps
Inappropriate Content-Monitoring Apps
The Xpire App Helps You Keep Your Digital Footprint Small
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Self-Destructing Messaging Apps
Self-Destructing Messaging Apps
The Privatext App Keeps Your Sent Messages and Images Safe
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Rival Photo Messaging Apps
Rival Photo Messaging Apps
Facebook's Slingshot App Will Launch as a Direct Snapchat Competitor
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Ephemeral Social Networks
Ephemeral Social Networks
Voycee Deletes Your Past Social Network History Every Time You Post
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Versatile Video Messaging Apps
Versatile Video Messaging Apps
Skype Qik Offers Distinct Advantages Over Snapchat
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Vanishing Message Apps
Vanishing Message Apps
The Confide App Shows off Its Snapchat-Like Messaging at CES 2014
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Temporary Streaming Apps
Temporary Streaming Apps
The Meerkat App Brings Live-Streaming Video to Twitter
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3
Voice Messaging Apps
Voice Messaging Apps
The ChitChat App Allows You to Send Recorded Audio Messages to Friends
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Temporary Phone Numbers (UPDATE)
Temporary Phone Numbers (UPDATE)
New Features and Brand for Craigsnumber
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Temporary Phone Number Apps
Temporary Phone Number Apps
The 'Burner' for iPhone App by Ad Hoc Labs is Great for Anonymity
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