I’m sure we’ve all quoted Mission Impossible at one time or another saying “This message will self destruct in…”. Your average Joe creating a message that can actually self destruct, on the other hand, may be a little more difficult. If you don’t mind going the digital route a service called Privnote is looking to accomplish exactly that though.
When you jump over to Privnote you’ll be presented with a large notepad where you can type out your note. You don’t need to sign up for an account or anything along those lines, which makes this all the better. After you create your note you’ll be given a link that you can share with someone, and that link is only viewable one time. After the user clicks on the link that particular note will cease to exist.
Unfortunately this is missing a few things. First, the creator should be able to specify how much time the user is given to read the note, and a countdown should get displayed while they are reading it. That adds a sense of urgency to the note. Second, there is nothing in place to prevent the person reading the note from copying it somewhere else where they can read it later.
I have a hard time thinking of a practical purpose for a service like this, but that doesn’t detract from some of the fun you can have using it with your friends.