With Twitterspirit, Twitter Gets Its Own Snapchat: A Disappearing Tweet Hack, Courtesy Of An Ex-Twitter Engineer.
Twitter is working on ways of getting more juice out of its vast trove of user content — that new “blue line” for conversation threads, for example, is a way for older conversations to resurface — so I don’t know how it is going to feel about this: a developer called Pierre Legrain, once himself a member of the Flock, has come up Twitterspirit, a service that lets users set an expiration time for their tweets with a simple hashtag. Think of it as a Snapchat for Twitter, complete with its own emphemeral imagery (for Snapchat’s cute ghost, substitute an equally hard-to-pin-down spirit).
At a time when our data appears to be slipping out of our direct control, Snapchat has grabbed headlines for offering consumers a way of sending each other messages that disappear after a period of time. Twitter, of course, already lets users delete tweets. The difference with Twitterspirit is that this gives users more control over how long they would like their tweet to live — you set it with a #1m or #6h or #2y Set it with, and move on with your life.