Facebook tests disappearing post feature on iOS

ScheduleFB-220x259Ever wish that embarrassing Facebook post you made would just disappear? Soon, you might be able to do that, as Facebook is trying to bring the Snapchat-like timebomb messaging aspect into the News Feed.

According to The Next Web, Facebook is testing a “disappearing post” feature with select iOS app users that allows them to post something and then choose a time when that post will expire.

Users can pick 1 hour, 3 hours, 6 hours, 12 hours, 24 hours, 2 days or 7 days.

Facebook confirmed this test in a statement:

We’re running a small pilot of a feature on Facebook for iOS that lets people schedule deletion of their posts in advance.

The Next Web notes that even though the post may be deleted from a user’s timeline, it can take up to 90 days to completely disappear from Facebook’s servers.

A Help Center entry also shows that this is a real test:

How do I post something and set it to expire?

Setting posts to expire is only available in some areas right now.

While this could be an interesting new feature, much of the novelty of disappearing messages comes in one-on-one communications. Users could simply delete a post they don’t want out there anymore.

Readers: What do you think about this tested feature?

Image courtesy of The Next Web.