Selector .selector_input_interaction .selector_input. Selector .selector_input_interaction .selector_spinner. Yahoo has just given Messenger users the sacred “unsend” button.It may take up to a minute or two for the message to arrive.Your Black Berry 10 smartphone must be turned on and have network connectivity to receive the message.The moral of the story: unsend features are promising, but it’s safest to assume that messages aren’t necessarily going to blink out of existence.
Google made it real, more or less, with the undo send option it first offered in 2009, buried as it was under an “experimental” warning, and then pulled into the daylight to promote with a bit more gusto in June.Yahoo joins Viber on this kill-the-message bandwagon: Viber began to offer unsend last month, in the form of the ability to erase messages that the user sent – including photos or GIFs – from the devices of the people who received them.Oh, boy, you well may be thinking, any message, from any device, as Viber enthused?The idea of disappearing messages is far from new, of course. The notion that messages and images on Snapchat are ephemeral and would disappear forever was flawed from the start – recipients could always grab copies with screenshots or by taking photos of them, and even if they didn’t, the supposedly disappearing images stayed right on senders’ phones, often hung around on Snapchat’s servers, and likewise lingered (albeit marked “not for display”) on recipients’ phones.To make messages “disappear,” Yahoo will reportedly wipe a given message from its servers and delete it from the recipient’s phone.