The need to be forgotten is strong. People want to share their whims with friends but not with everyone. This has been clearly proven with the emergence of messaging services that forget, a market driven by the intense popularity of Snapchat. It seems like everyone’s making an app or adding self-destructing messages these days, partly driven by the increasing user awareness of privacy in the ongoing NSA snooping affair. The best way to protect your information is to have no stored information to protect.
The PingPal platform is designed for the ephemeral communication paradigm of evaporating data. This goes for any type of data; text messaging, positioning, corporate data synchronization, etc. The communication passes from user to user and is only stored on our servers in a queue when the receiver is off-line. As soon as he is online again the queue is emptied into the receiver app.
With PingPal you can develop ephemeral messaging apps with privacy protected direct user-to-user communication
As a developer you can of course create your own history features by storing the messages in a database, but we strongly recommend to keep that database away from servers to maintain high privacy protection. Usually we believe it would be enough to keep history lists on the sender and receiver devices. The communication history is only their business so it should be kept like that for no-one else to read.
In the ephemeral concept there is usually a disposable messaging feature to self-destruct the messages. This is supported on the PingPal service by having a time stamp on all messages. This can be used to create a time based auto-delete function, similar to Snapchat, or in accordance with corporate policies on data storing. For instance, it is quite easy to implement an auto-delete to clear all local device messages upon closing a project or when an employee leaves the company and brings his device with him.
Interested in creating an ephemeral messaging app that rival Snapchat? Or creating a mobile workforce solution with in-the-field communication? Contact us directly and you will have the opportunity to discuss the technology, possibilities and implementation strategies with one of our gurus. It's just your data traffic that is ephemeral, not your possibilities.
PS. Thank you NSA et al, for creating this market for us!