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Texts From Last Night

Crowdsourced Comedic Text-Message Repository


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Published 05/12/2011 and rated Ratingstars3 3 out of 5 stars
by AppAppeal Editor
What can you use the app for?

Texts from Last Night, or TFLN, is an entertainment application consisting of text messages sent during or after some very…. interesting evenings.

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What is the history and popularity of the app?

TFLN was founded in February of 2009 with the goal of creating a funny website (using real texts) that was revealing but also obscured the identities of the people involved in the conversations. The site was created by partners Benjamin Bator and Lauren Leto. Todd Zusman developed and manages the site and its functionality. Average unique visitors to the site are approximately 45,000 per month. TFLN now has an iPhone app for only $0.99.

What are the differences to other apps?

This application simply takes the funniest parts of texts that people send in and posts them on the site with the area code only. They do edit conversations because “some things are funnier without context” and they prefer texts to conversations. They avoid anything too vicious, racist, profane, violent, or excessively graphic.

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How does the web app look and feel to use?

After registering, users are given a few tips to get started. There are basically three things that can be done: submit a text, choose favorite texts, or help out moderating texts. After you have begun to submit texts you will be able to track how many people rated your text as a “good night” or a “bad night”.

To start reading texts and rating them, users may use the toolbar to choose nights: best, worst, or random. Each is also filtered down to today, this week, this month, or all time. Each text has the option to share via Facebook or Twitter, copy it to your clipboard to share, and/or favorite it. Note: To have your texts associated with your account, you must provide your cell phone number in the settings section.

So, what is a “Text from Last Night”? Basically, it’s a real text that was sent and is actually funny. Many are sexual in nature, but not over the top and violent or nasty. Examples: (863): haha it's okay then, bc he only killed a canadian, they're not real people; (269): I don't know where I am but there are firefighters; (609): i am literally watching eva make a trashbag diaper for you to sleep in tonight. whole new level of low for you; (555): Woke up to a bouquet of flowers in my toilet bowl. Drunk hubby loves me. (563): My favorite part of the day is the 2 seconds of ignorance you have when you first wake up. Right before you remember where your mouth was last night.

Many are much too racy for this review and contain language that may offend some readers. Not to say that they aren’t funny… they just aren’t for everyone.

To sign up to moderate, a user must read the terms and conditions thoroughly and agree to adhere to them and not transfer or assign the responsibility to anyone else. The Terms are very long and cover a lot of ground. Users should take the responsibility of moderation very seriously if they are considering it. There is a fine line between what is and is not allowed. A moderator has to be ready to figure that out and make the decisions.

How does the registration process work?

Registration is not necessary if not submitting or using the favorites feature. If a user does register, they require an email address, and alias. A verification email is sent and redirects the new user to a page to set a password.

What does it cost to use the application?

There is no cost associated with TFLN.

Who would you recommend the application to?

Texts From Last Night are aimed directly at the 20s demographic. Those who still go out and get very drunk and then text things that they don’t remember later will laugh when they find out that they are not alone.

  • Free to use
  • Moderated for over-the-top inappropriateness
  • Results may be filtered by time, good night, or bad night
  • Favorites may be saved
  • Integrated with Facebook and Twitter
  • Very funny content
  • For entertainment purposes


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