Sobrr is the latest social network where everything disappears

sobrr latest social network everything disappears
Snapchat may have been the first app to popularize the idea of disappearing messages, but Sobrr has bigger plans: the new mobile social network is built to help you “life live in the moment” and that means everything from photos to updates to comments have a 24-hour shelf life. Whether it’s an ill-judged drunken boast or or sweet shot of your cat, it’ll vanish within a day.

The man behind Sobrr is ex-LinkedIn engineer Bruce Yang, and naturally the idea came to him the morning after a bachelor party. “Sobrr is the morning after pill after a night of craziness,” he told Re/code. “We want to help people stay sober online, while they have all kinds of craziness offline.”

Related: Instagram takes on Snapchat with lightning fast Bolt app

So how does that affect the 10,000 users currently experimenting with the app on iOS? Firstly, it encourages people to share more, because anything that’s posted will quickly disappear. Secondly, it tempts users into checking Sobrr more often, as there’s a chance they could miss something that’s happening. You can “cheer” posts (the equivalent of a Facebook Like), add comments, and tag your friends, as well as send private one-to-one messages.

Even friendships can be temporary: add a couple of new pals at a party and you can quickly ditch them after 24 hours if you later regret your choice and want to cut all ties. With $1 million venture funding in the pipeline, Sobrr’s developers are hoping to get another boost in user numbers once the college year starts again.

Sobrr doesn’t offer a great deal more than Snapchat and may well disappear itself without so much as a whimper; but it’s an interesting example of how social networking is becoming more ephemeral and more location-aware, particularly among young users. Perhaps Facebook will once again have to get its wallet out to stay relevant.

Product Review

The all-new Palm wants to be many things, but it’s really just a tiny smartphone

The all-new Palm is here, and it’s tinier than ever. Exclusive to Verizon, it syncs to your primary smartphone and acts as a secondary device -- with features to help you disconnect from technology. But at $350, is it worth the high price…
Computing

Was your Facebook account hacked in the latest breach? Here’s how to find out

Facebook now reports that its latest data breach affected only 30 million users, down from an initial estimate of 50 million accounts. You can also find out if hackers had accessed your account by visiting a dedicated portal.
Social Media

Instagram is testing a new way for you to look through your feed

Instagram is constantly tweaking its app to help give its users the best experience possible, so how do you like the sound of tapping — instead of swiping — to look through your feed?
Mobile

Updating to Apple’s iOS 12 will make your iPhone a whole lot smarter

iOS 12, the latest version of Apple’s iOS, is officially here. We took it for a spin to check out its new noteworthy features, and if it truly changes our smartphone habits for the better.
Computing

Facebook’s latest data breach could earn Europeans thousands in compensation

Facebook users in Europe distressed about Facebook's revelation that its latest breach left as many as 50 million users exposed could get some compensation. Facebook also faces a class-action suit and a broader GDPR investigation.
News

Voice commands could be coming to Facebook Messenger

Thanks to digital assistants, voice controls are becoming commonplace. One day, we may even be using them in Facebook Messenger. The company has confirmed that it is currently conducting internal tests for Messenger voice commands.
Smart Home

Creepy or convenient? Facebook’s new Portal smart display follows you around the room

Facebook's Portal devices are video smart speakers with Amazon Alexa voice assistants built in that allow you to make calls between FB friends. The 15-inch Portal+ model features a pivoting camera that follows you around the room as you…
Mobile

Find love with the best LGBT dating apps for iOS and Android

If you're looking to meet someone new, look no further than your phone. Whether it's just a date, or you're looking for something a little more serious, here are the best LGBT dating apps available for Android and iOS.
Mobile

2018's 10 best dating apps to help you find the perfect companion

Everyone knows online dating can be stressful, time-consuming, and downright awful. Check out our top picks for the best dating apps, so you can streamline the process and find the right date, whatever you're looking for.
Computing

Google to shut down Google+ after exposure of 500,000 users’ data

After Facebook revealed that 50 million users may have been exposed as a result of a security vulnerability, Google announced it discovered a bug that left 500,000 Google+ users exposed. It will also shut down Google+.
Social Media

Sick of Facebook privacy scandals? Here's how to protect your personal data

With a number of security scandals in 2018, it has us questioning if we should get rid of Facebook. Here's how to protect your personal data without deleting your account, as well as how to just nuke the thing altogether.
Social Media

These are the best ways to make an animated GIF

Love sharing GIFs with your friends and peers, but wish you could make your own? Here's how to do so in Photoshop, or using a few other methods that don't require you to shell out a premium fee with each calendar year.
Social Media

Instagram says its A.I. can track down bullying in photos

Instagram is turning to artificial intelligence to help it root out bullying on its platform. Following similar efforts to target bullying in comments, the company now has systems capable of detecting bullying in photos, too.
Social Media

Snapchat is using VR to let you step inside its new original shows

Tuning in to your favorite shows not enough? Snap Originals will allow viewers to set into a virtual set. The new exclusive shows debut today with three different shows. Snap Originals are vertical, short, and exclusive to the platform.