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Send self-destructing messages with Kaboom

This message will self destruct in 3...2...1...KABOOM!

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Ephemeral messages weren't a thing until Snapchat made them one. Now everyone wants to send messages that disappear after a set amount of time.

The problem, however, is that each system requires users on both the sending and receiving ends of the solution to install and setup a new app.

Kaboom, on the other hand, is a free app that only requires those who want to send self-destructing messages to download the app. Once downloaded, you can send text and picture messages, complete with a countdown timer that dictates when the message will disappear forever. Not sure how long you want a message to remain active? You can also set a message to expire after a number of views.

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Once you create an account, you can send messages across Twitter, Facebook, text messages or however you link. A Kaboom link is what's actually shared, so it's probably easier to say: If you can post a link to the service, it'll work.

The company behind the app, Anchor Free, claims the disappearing act also includes deleting the content from its servers once the message expires. You can download the app for free for either iOS or Android.