Slingshot slings hard at Snapchat after the former refuses the $3 billion deal from Facebook back in late 2013. The Slingshot app from Facebook is similar to Snapchat unlike Slingshot where friends can’t see the shot until they, in turn sling something back.
However the app was available only for a brief period on the iTunes App Store before the page went down indicating that FB is pulling the app back at least for now. A Facebook spokesperson later clarified by saying that they accidentally released a version of Slingshot, a new app they are working on. Slingshot will allow you to share everyday moments with lots of people at once.
And here’s Facebook’s description of the app from the App Store page that was removed:
Slingshot lets you quickly share moments—little and big—with all your friends. Shoot a photo or video of what you’re up to and sling it to a bunch of people. They won’t be able to see your shot until they sling something back. Tap on a shot to react, or simply swipe it away.
• Stay in touch: Capture photos and videos of moments you want to share with friends
• Go shot for shot: To unlock new shots, first you have to sling something back
• Enjoy it while it lasts: Once you swipe a shot away, it’ll no longer be viewable
• Send a quick reply: After unlocking a shot, respond with your reaction
• Get creative: Express yourself with captions and drawings
• Look when you want: View unlocked shots later if you’re busy
Download now and give it a, uh, shot.
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Facebook has been promising that it would “shatter itself into pieces” in order to better compete on mobile by breaking up the main Facebook app into mini-apps focused on specific features. Today, it’s making good on these previously stated intentions with a new photo and video-sharing app called Slingshot, now available in select markets. [See update below: Facebook is pulling the app.]
The app is designed to allow friends to share photos and videos of what they’re currently up to, by “slinging” that content to others on the service. However, unlike, say, competitor Snapchat, friends can’t see your shot until they, in turn, sling something back.
That feature, though a bit gimmicky, seems specifically designed to increase the viral effects and spread of Slingshot. By tapping into users’ natural curiosity, they may be motivated to share with a friend in order to “unlock” the new shots they receive.
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