Monday, April 29, 2013

Self-Destructing Tweets with Efemr

Tired of sharing time limited promotions on Twitter, and having your followers "complaining" hours (or even days) later because they can no longer find what you referred to? Well... there's a solution for that, and it's called efemr.

Using this service, you can specify a time limit for your tweets via hashtag. #5m means your tweet will only last for 5 minutes; #1h for one hour; ... you get the idea. Keep in mind this service doesn't mean you can say anything you wish, hoping it will be erased and stay forgotten. Anyone can simply retweet it via "RT" style and make it last forever... So, you'll still have to deal with that.

In any case, I think it's still quite useful just to get rid of promotional tweets you want to share with your friends, but you don't really want to keep around in your timeline after it expires. Now, if only they could add a scheduled tweets feature, we'd have both scenarios covered: tweeting in preset future events, and also have self-destroying tweets after the ellapsed period of time.

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