Certain things are just not meant to exist online forever. Sometimes the Internet can feel extremely constricting. Have you ever posted your email address on a forum somewhere? It goes from that forum, to the Google search engine, to a mess of spammers and scrapers, and thus the entire web. Virtually everything you publish online will exist in text for a very long time thanks to caching and archiving.
However, that’s only if an outside party (such as a crawler or spider from a search engine) can access it. Keeping things private and restricted should shield it away from search engine exposure. Adding another layer of security by eventually scrubbing that content off of the web entirely ought to put you in even better shape.
Privnote is a way to send disposable content – self-destructing notes – online. You’ll have never felt more like James Bond.
As shown above, this is all achieved in three simple steps. First, enter your text-only content in the note field.
A really great feature is the ability to be notified when your note has been read. It’s basically a read receipt. Tick the box beside that option and you’ll need to enter your email address and a reference to this particular note.
Create your note and you’ll be immediately given a URL that you can hand out. Keep in mind that after a single view the note will be destroyed. The note can also be manually destroyed from this page.
Here’s what my above note actually looks like to the viewer:
Privnote is pretty useful. Maybe you don’t trust a particular someone with an email and you’d like to put the control of its distribution in your hands. Send it as a Privnote and you’ll practically never have to worry.
disposableWebPage is fairly similar to Privnote but supports additional functionality.
Click to begin creating your page and you’ll first need to enter a page title and CAPTCHA. After, you’re taken to a page that displays all of your administrative options.
You’re given a URL that you must save to re-access the administrative properties of your page. You’re also given a master key (which I’ve blurred). You can change that master key to be something more simple and personal if you’d like. You’ll also able to set up editor keys so that your friends can join in on the project.
Shown above, you’re also able to change the expiration date of your page. By default, it’s set to 90 days. You can schedule down all the way to two days.
The WYSIWYG editor makes it very easy to create formatted content effortlessly. Across the top, the Page tab lets you see the content of your page. Revisions will let you see all of the changes that have been made, Wikipedia-style.
Overall, disposableWebPage is the better choice if you need to share text that doesn’t look fine when completely blank of formatting. Otherwise, Privnote is just too simple and easy to brush aside. It takes a matter of seconds. Each web service serves an interesting purpose and they are both very useful.
What are some ways that you can think of to make use of these disposable content tools? Let us know in the comments.
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