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October 09, 2012
Plustxt Jumps into Text Messaging Battle
By Oliver VanDervoort, Contributing Writer
When it comes to the instantmessaging applications market, the battle is definitely heating up as more companies jump into the fight. The latest application to jump into the battle is PlusTxt which will be made available on both Android (News - Alert) and iOS platforms. When you jump into the instant messaging business this late in the game, you better be willing to offer something that is just a little bit different than what the apps already out there can do.
Plustxt seems to be putting most of its eggs in the privacy aspect of instant messaging. One of the really interesting features is that when you send a picture to one of your friends, you can select whether or not that picture is able to be downloaded to their phone. The safety behind this particular feature seems obvious as many a teen and many a celebrity has gotten into problems by having the wrong pictures on their phones. Even better is that this particular text messaging software allows you to send messages that have “auto-destruct” capabilities. You can actually say how long you want the messages to remain on someone else’s phone before they auto delete.
The one drawback this particular app has is that after you sign up for the service, the application creates an alphanumeric Plustxt ID, which you can share with your friends and have them add you to their Plustxt profile. The negative is that you cannot make a custom ID and that the six digit ID isn’t going to be that easy to remember. The developer of Plustxt says that the ability to have that feature will be added as a premium feature at some point.
Plustxt has said that eventually the application will have all kinds of premium features including different backgrounds and emoticons. While these functions are all well and good it will indeed be what you can do with the ability to remotely detonate a text message you don’t want out in the ether. Being able to control what people can do with messages you send them is a feature that could set them at the top of the instant messaging heap.
Edited by Amanda Ciccatelli