Recall embarrassing texts with TigerText

Smartphones have made it easier to keep in touch with friends and colleagues, but have also made it easier to embarrass yourself by sending something you shouldn’t have. TigerText lets you delete incriminating messages before they’re read.


Suppose you’re a congressman who’s just sent a photo of yourself in a compromising position, and want to get rid of any evidence before your recipient and, perhaps more importantly, the media, sees it and ruins your career.

TigerText keeps track of the texts you send and whether they’ve been read or not. If you’re lucky enough that the recipient of your errant text (due to Murphy’s Law, probably your boss or your mother) hasn’t read it, you can breathe a sigh of relief and recall the message. It will be deleted from your phone, your recipient’s phone, and from the servers. It’s like you never sent that message in the first place. The video explainin the feature is worth watching alone just for the hilarious facial expressions of the people who realized they’ve sent a text to the wrong person.

You can also set texts to expire after a certain period of time. “You mean I sent a text bad-mouthing your management skills to you when I meant to send it to my friend? I have no idea what you’re talking about!”

Apart from saving face when sendinf racy messages to the wrong person, TigerText lets you create groups from your contacts and have chats with them. People who’ve used IRC and other chat rooms for years might not be impressed, but it’s sill handy to be able to include others in a conference.

TigerText is avaible for iPhone, Android, Blackberry, and Windows Phone 7. The group text feature is only available for the iPhone, but here are plans to make it available for other platforms soon. It’s still a great tool for damage control when you’ve sent something without over your phone without thinking about it first, something that’s been in the news a lot lately if you follow U.S. politics.

For more mobile stuff, we’ve covered Instagram, but who hasn’t heard of that? If you don’t mind voiding your warranty, why not jailbreak your iPhone?