Announcing Flashh, an app that lets you share & disappearing moments with friends, from all your devices

 When you use social media apps to message friends, watch and share videos, or expand your social network, you expect a private, personal experience. You want something fun, fast and carefree. You shouldn’t have to worry about a future employer or professional contact coming across a post of you having fun and being social. Choosing to share with your friends doesn’t mean you want to share with the world, and it is time that social media reflected this need for discretion and privacy.

Several social media apps try to address this need with disappearing social media messaging or disappearing stories, but they don’t allow the user full control of their content’s life-span, and they don’t integrate all the features users expect from a robust social media platform.

Take Control

Now there is Flashh –a social media and messaging app designed for fun, privacy, and user control. Flashh lets you share vanishing online moments, messages, videos, photos, recordings, drawings, YouTube clips and more. Flashh messages and posts disappear when users want them to, allowing full control of your social media history. When you share content on Flashh, you choose how long you want it to be visible – for a few seconds or minutes or from one day to forever, and you can edit the time limit whenever you want.

Flashh also lets you know when your friend’s posts are set to expire, so your network is prioritized by timeliness and availability. This innovative approach means users curate the urgency of information across social networks rather than have anonymous algorithms do it for them.

Feature-rich

Flashh packs a lot of great social media features into a simple, easy-to-use package. It features a simple, clean interface that is multipurpose combining messaging, photography and more. With a single tap, users can take a photo or video, post a YouTube video or link, or start typing a private message or post to share on your timeline. The profile tab neatly combines this functionality into a single, easy-to-use screen.

Switching to the community tab, users can view their friend’s feeds as well as featured feeds from the whole network. This allows users to watch videos and look at pictures their friends have posted and comment to start or join a conversation.

From the friends tab users can view their entire network and see who they are following and who is following back. It offers a great way to meet new people around shared interests and connections.

The notifications tab lets you know when you have a new message, new follow request or when someone replies to a comment you’ve made or mentions you in one of theirs.

These classic features combine the best features of multiple social media platforms into one fast, fun and private app that is available on all mobile devices. The disappearing messages keep your private information and conversations safe from hackers providing for a secure social media experience.

Enjoy Social Media, Privately

Flashh gives users the power to control their social media profile and reputation, a powerful feature that is more important in today’s world than ever. A 2018 survey by CareerBuilder, a leading hiring firm, found that 70 percent of employers looked-up job candidates on social media when making hiring decisions. Just under half of the employers surveyed said they snoop on their current employees on social media, and a third of employers have taken disciplinary action, up to and including termination, against employees as a result of an employee’s social media content.

Getting passed over for a job or losing the one you have is bad enough, but sometimes the results of private social media ending up in public can be even more damaging. In his book, So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed, journalist Jon Ronson recounts stories of people whose social media posts were taken out of context, shared publicly and resulted in unfair and sometimes dangerous reprisals.

From Private Joke to Public Mob

Ronson tells the sad story of Lindsey Stone, a young woman from Massachusetts, who had an on-going private joke with her friend Jamie where they would take pictures of each other in front of signs while they pretended to disobey the sign’s directions. For instance, they would pose with a cigarette in front of a no smoking sign and similar situations. These pictures were intended to be private between the two of them, and neither ever imagined they would be anything but.

When Lindsey and Jamie travelled, they found funny photo opportunities to share with each other. One summer, Lindsey visited the Tombs of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery, a public memorial to soldiers who perished in battle from World War I up to the present. Lindsey snapped a photo in front of a sign that read “Silence and Respect.” In keeping with her and Jamie’s joke, Lindsey pretended to scream and flip the middle finger, making fun of the sign by pretending to be loud and disrespectful. She shared the photo with Jamie via social media and that’s as far as the joke should have gone. Unfortunately, Jamie didn’t realize her profile was being shared publicly, and things took a turn for the worse quickly.

Lindsey was making a joke to share with a friend about the sign; she wasn’t disrespecting the sacrifice of the soldiers, but only she and Jamie understood this context. The photo of Lindsey was circulated on social media, and it riled up an angry mob that started a Facebook page calling for her to be fired. Suddenly there were news cameras outside Lindsey’s home and within days her employer fired her, and she was getting dirty looks and rude comments from people she had never met.

Sadly, the story doesn’t end there. For the next year, Lindsey’s life was turned upside down. She barely left her home, and she suffered from depression and insomnia. She was shunned by neighbors and others in her community, and she couldn’t find a job. And all of this damaged happened over a private joke between two friends that was taken out context and that neither meant to leave on social media for the world to see.

Lindsey’s story is not an isolated incident. This judgmental mob mentality makes traditional social media a dangerous, unenjoyable experience. When private lives can be taken out of context and reputations ruined, everyone on using social media has to look over their shoulder and worry about their activities and comments being misunderstood or misrepresented.

Social Media Messaging For You

Sending messages to your friends or sharing your interests on social media should be designed for the users, not for the rest of the world to pass judgment on. And not for social media companies to own or control user content. This is why Flashh’s commitment to privacy and user control is so important.

You, as the user, get to choose who to share your moments with, and you get to decide how long you want your content to stay available. Disappearing messages keep your conversations private and discreet, so you and your friends can stay real with each other. You get to enjoy the platform without worrying about your private information falling into the wrong hands or getting you into hot water.

Flashh is thoughtfully designed so you can enjoy the fast, fun and carefree experience you demand from social media without worry and without fuss. As a practical matter, the ability to set your own time limit for how long your content remains visible also means you can keep your feed uncluttered and focused on what’s happening now.

Share your own photographs, watch videos, message friends and take control of your privacy with Flashh, one of the best new apps of 2019 that lets you enjoy social media the way it was meant to be.