Tuesday, August 19 2014 7:55 PM EDT2014-08-19 23:55:24 GMT
Deep in a mine shaft in the California desert, the body of a pregnant wife of a U.S. Marine was discovered after a search of nearly two months.More >>
A former Marine charged Tuesday with murder after the body of his alleged lover was found in an abandoned California mine shaft had been looking into how to dispose of a human body, a sheriff's investigator said.More >>
Tuesday, August 19 2014 8:46 AM EDT2014-08-19 12:46:09 GMT
Twenty people have been rounded up in a month as part of a crackdown on drugs in Saluda County, according to the sheriff's office.Saluda County Sheriff John Perry said most of those arrested on chargesMore >>
Twenty people have been rounded up in a month as part of a crackdown on drugs in Saluda County, according to the sheriff's office.More >>
Tuesday, August 19 2014 4:10 PM EDT2014-08-19 20:10:07 GMT
The police chief for Gulf Shores along Alabama's coast is weighing-in on the actions of the law enforcement commander in charge of Ferguson, Missouri's in the wake of an escalating crisis brought on byMore >>
Gulf Shores Police Chief Ed Delmore wrote a blistering open letter to Captain Ronald S. Johnson, who was given command of law enforcement operations following days of looting and rioting in the city.More >>
Tuesday, August 19 2014 10:27 AM EDT2014-08-19 14:27:43 GMT
A Maine teenager's mug shot is going viral online after he decided to make a statement with what he wore. Robert Edward Burt, 19, was booked in the Somerset County Jail earlier this month, to performMore >>
Robert Edward Burt, 19, was booked in the Somerset County Jail earlier this month, to perform a sentence from an arrest earlier this year.More >>
COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -
It's a pretty simple concept: Send a photo, a video or something you want to keep private and to disappear seconds later.
It's a new app called SnapChat, designed for people 13 years and older. The self-destructive nature of the app is the reason so many like using it and why others question its purpose.
You take a photo or video and send it to a friend who also uses the app. Then you set the length of time that person can look at your photo.
You have a maximum of 10 seconds. After that time is up, the photo is gone.
Or so you hope.
"Even though they say these images are erased, I wouldn't be surprised if somehow, someway, somebody could have some technology to find it again later," said University of South Carolina student Hunter Scofield. "I don't trust it. I don't trust technology."
But some teens love it.
"It's really, really fun," said a California teen in an interview. "I just love the fact that you really don't have to care that much about what you are sending."
SnapChat came on the scene in September of 2011 with the sole purpose of letting people live in the moment and never get that moment back.
"There is a saying that things are never really deleted from the Internet," said 52 Apps co-founder Christopher Thibault. "And there is some truth to that."
Thibault, co-founder of the Columbia company 52 Apps, says there's a basic process whenever you send a photo whether it's through text message or SnapChat.
"The photo is transmitted from a phone to a server and then back down to a phone," said Thibault.
He says that path of transit increases the likelihood that your photo doesn't necessarily always disappear.
"For me to send the image to you it has to spend some time on a server in the middle," he said. "And whether those images are getting deleted properly, properly overwritten, can be of some concern."
"You just have to know in the back of your mind that whatever images you're sending could pop up somewhere in the future," said Thibault.
And for that reason, some are concerned this self-destructing app will breed a barrage of sexually explicit photos.
Although Thibault didn't say he thought SnapChat would make sexting easier, he said, "I think it makes it less risky."
"You can't rule it out," said USC student Chris Stanley. "Kids will be kids. They'll find way to do stuff like that."
"It's definitely a new sexting app," said Schofield, who says the temptation is too great, especially for teens.
"I just have no need for that," he said. "If I'm going to filter it enough to know that I want you to see it for an extended period of time."
SnapChat co-founder Evan Spiegel told NBC the purpose was not for sexting.
He helped create the app to share images with select people and then have those images disappear.
"We really built the product for ourselves and for our friends," said Spiegel.
"They were like, 'Gosh I'm applying to this job and I have these really awkward photos of myself I just wish would disappear,'" he said. "And we thought, 'Wow. I think that we could build something that does that.'"
But Spiegel admitted, the app may not always be as it seems.
"I think a really important thing to remember is that any image you send can be saved forever," he said. "Whether it be by someone taking a photo with another camera or someone taking a screen shot. So it's not somewhere to send photos that you want to be secure."
It is possible for someone to take a screen shot of your photo but SnapChat says they'll contact you if that happens. There have not been any major complaints of misuse yet.
But when those 10 seconds are up, you need to remember your data could still be out there.
Monday, August 18 2014 4:58 PM EDT2014-08-18 20:58:47 GMT
One lane of the interstate has been reopened after it was shut down due to a deadly crash early Monday morning. The South Carolina Highway Patrol reports the collision happened around 3:21 a.m. on theMore >>
One person is dead and five others were injured when a tire blew on the vehicle they were riding in early Monday morning on Interstate 26.
Monday, August 18 2014 4:39 PM EDT2014-08-18 20:39:10 GMT
A home was badly damaged in a fire on Quail Rd Sunday. (Source: Beth Baldauf)
A home is likely a total loss after a fire swept through most of the structure Sunday afternoon. Crews were called to a home on Quail Lane near Trenholm Rd and found the home engulfed in flames. No injuriesMore >>
A home is likely a total loss after a fire swept through most of the structure Sunday afternoon. More >>
Sunday, August 17 2014 8:10 PM EDT2014-08-18 00:10:48 GMT
Forrest Wood Cup weigh-in Sunday. (Source: Tom Round)
It was a big pay day for Anthony Gagliardi Sunday. The Prosperity native took home the $500,000 grand prize in the Forrest Wood Cup held in Columbia. Anglers from across the nation headed to Lake MurrayMore >>
It was a big pay day for Anthony Gagliardi Sunday.More >>
Tuesday, August 19 2014 11:55 PM EDT2014-08-20 03:55:40 GMT
You may not have heard of Morgan Reeves or seen any of his election ads on television. That's because the state gubernatorial candidate doesn't have any and he doesn't have any campaign contributions.More >>
Independent candidate Morgan Reeves is looking to level the playing field when it comes to campaigning for elections. More >>
Tuesday, August 19 2014 11:53 PM EDT2014-08-20 03:53:16 GMT
For many businesspeople like real estate Jennifer Harding, Fort Jackson is worth fighting for. A loss of jobs on the Army post would have an especially drastic impact on her business."It means a loss ofMore >>
The loss of 3,100 Fort Jackson personnel could have a heavy affect on businesses around the Army post. More >>
Tuesday, August 19 2014 10:30 PM EDT2014-08-20 02:30:17 GMT
A slow speed chase in Kershaw County by a 92-year-old man raised a question of how old is too old to drive. The call came in near dusk in Kershaw County. "A reckless driver headed east on I-20 towardsMore >>
A slow speed chase in Kershaw County by a 92-year-old man raised a question of how old is too old to drive. More >>
Tuesday, August 19 2014 9:52 PM EDT2014-08-20 01:52:08 GMT
The suspect wanted for shooting into an occupied Sumter home has turned himself in. Terrance D. Haynesworth, 32, was wanted by the Sumter Police for a shooting that took place on Sampson Street on MondayMore >>
Terrance D. Haynesworth turned himself after being wanted for a shooting on Sampson Street. More >>
Tuesday, August 19 2014 9:29 PM EDT2014-08-20 01:29:29 GMT
The Columbia City Council approved a $2.2 million contract with a Kansas City, Missouri firm to design the ballbark at the Bull Street development.Council member Moe Baddourah was the lone "no" vote. CouncilMore >>
The Columbia City Council approved a $2.2 million contract with a Kansas City, Missouri firm to design the ballbark at the Bull Street development.More >>