The identity of users on social networks has become their worldwide identity. Just like a phone number in the yellow pages was your identity, now it’s defined by your Facebook or Google account. With the increased burden of identity curation, more users are either courting anonymous services or opting out of information sharing entirely. But there is another way.
Voycee.me is a new service that’s unlike most social networks, in that it has no history. “It allows you to share and follow status updates, photos, videos, audio files and other forms of social media posts, all while avoiding privacy concerns which are presented from traditional social media networks today,” the official site says.
“The next time you create a new post, the previous post and all of its comments, likes, notifications and hashtags are automatically deleted. Destroyed. Forever. Without a trace,” the site continues. If this is true, Voycee would be an interesting development in social networking. The possibility of curating an identity through the continual updating of, essentially, a single post could reduce some of the problems with social media posting.
Snapchat had a similar promise of self-destructing messages, but their implementation of this promise fell so flat that Snapchat is now being monitored by the FTC. The creator of Voycee, Ilfan Radoncic, believes that user data is sacred.
“I’ve seen how easy it is to mine people’s data, and I’m not OK with that,” Radoncic told the Daily Dot. “We wanted to come up with a social network that allows people to stay connected, while respecting individual privacy.”
Most privacy-based apps do not hope to bloody the nose of Facebook and the other industry leaders, they hope to be different. Radoncic hopes that Voycee will help change the conversation: “In the long run, if we can get users to adjust how they think about privacy, if people actually care about how their data is being handled, we’ll have accomplished our goal.”
*image via voycee.me