Facebook’s iPhone 5 app self-destructs images in 5 seconds

A Facebook picture or message or video, like diamonds, are forever. Now, however, you can indulge in temporary tantrums on the social media if you own an iPhone 5 (or 4S or 4 or whatever).

The social media site has unveiled a new standalone app for the iPhone that has just hit iTunes – and it allows you to ‘poke’ your friends – or send a message, share a picture or video etc. – for a few seconds, and then it disappears without a trace.

“With the Poke app, you can poke or send a message, photo or video to Facebook friends to share what you’re up to in a lightweight way. You can poke an individual friend or several at once. Each message expires after a specific time you've set, either 1, 3, 5 or 10 seconds. When time runs out, the message disappears from the app,” Facebook said in its announcement.

The social media site is yet to unveil an Android version of the few-seconds poke, but take a guess on how long it will take to appear.

The app lets you log in with your Facebook account and message or ‘poke’ a friend, but they need to read it quickly – each message self-destructs after a specific time set by the sender.

When you send the message from the app, it prompts you to set an expiration time on it. You have a choice of one, three, five, or 10 seconds.

“Today we’re announcing Poke, an iPhone app that makes it fun and easy to say hello to friends wherever you are. The poke feature has been a part of Facebook since 2004. Now we’re excited to share a new poke experience for mobile,” Facebook said.

Beware though – if you think you can send something obscene and get away with it since the message will self-destruct, well, the recipient can easily take a screenshot of the message before it ‘expires’. While the sender will be notified so, there still will be a digital trail.

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