Facebook Launches New 'Slingshot' Messaging App

Tuesday June 17, 2014 2:52 PM PDT by Juli Clover
Facebook today launched a new app called Slingshot, which is designed to compete with popular ephemeral messaging app Snapchat. A video and photo messaging app, Slingshot allows users to send media to friends, who are unable to view it until they share something back.

Shots taken with the camera can be edited with captions and doodles, and then sent to multiple friends or a single friend. Slingshot requires a phone number to sign up, but it does not force users to sign up with or use Facebook. When a message is received, it is "locked" until a user sends a shot of their own, a feature Facebook hopes will encourage more active sharing.

Slingshot lets you quickly share moments--little and big--with lots of people at once. Shoot a photo or video of what you're up to and sling it to a bunch of friends. 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.
As with Snapchat, pictures and videos are deleted shortly after they are viewed, though the app does allow users to take screenshots of content.

Slingshot is not Facebook's first attempt at a Snapchat competitor. Back in 2012, while Snapchat was still in its infancy, Facebook company introduced Poke, allowing users to send ephemeral messages. The unsuccessful app was removed from the App Store in May 2014.

Slingshot was initially released and then pulled earlier this month by mistake, but it is now officially available from the App Store for free. [Direct Link]

Top Rated Comments

(View all)

Posted: 23 weeks ago
What a load of crap!
So user A sends a picture.
User B sends just a blank picture with their finger on the lens, just so they can see user A's picture.
User A then sends a blank picture too, just to see what User B replied with - a blank picture. Then both users stop using the app because it's just a never ending stream of blank pictures!
Rating: 14 Votes
Posted: 23 weeks ago
Requiring a reply picture just to view the original one sounds like a pain
Rating: 10 Votes
Posted: 23 weeks ago
When a message is received, it is "locked" until a user sends a shot of their own, a feature Facebook hopes will encourage more active sharing.

shooting themselves on the foot...

After two days, 75% of the pictures will be useless ones sent to be able to view your friend's useless one he sent to view your previous picture...
Rating: 6 Votes
Posted: 23 weeks ago
HAHA...this has fail written all over it.

Seriously, so, if someone sends me a picture, I HAVE to send something first before I can even view it. Then, the receiver HAS to send something again just to see what I just sent to view their original submission. When does it stop?
Rating: 5 Votes
Posted: 23 weeks ago
>pictures and videos are deleted shortly after they are viewed

Sure they are ;-)
Rating: 4 Votes
Posted: 23 weeks ago
how r u even supposed to respond properly if you dont even know what ur friend sent u first.

worst case scenario:

friend sends a picture after nearly dying in a car accident

i dont see the picture so i response with a yolo party pic

friends gonna be like .... rude
Rating: 4 Votes
Posted: 23 weeks ago

I'll never understand the value of fracturing functions between apps that could be done all in one.



I know poke is dead but what the hell? There's no need to have several separate apps taking up memory and home page space that could be rolled into one app. I have the same issue with the removal of 'iPod' app and how Podcast is it's own app, iTunes is it's own app and it's looking like Radio might be it's own app at some point. How does that make it easy? It creates clutter and fluff.
Rating: 3 Votes
Posted: 23 weeks ago

..... When does it stop?

I think that's their point.. They want people to keep using it. But people will get bored of having to share something just to see slmethjng, and it becomes just shots of desktops or floors or jeans etc. Then it crashes and burns lol
Rating: 3 Votes
Posted: 23 weeks ago
Why is it available only in the U.S.?
As well as "Paper"...
Rating: 2 Votes
Posted: 23 weeks ago

So it's impossible to have a back and forth conversation.

This feels like it was made to swap nudes and nothing else.

Agreed. I can't think of a use for this other than progressively revealing flirting. Dating apparently is rather silly in Silicon Valley.
Rating: 1 Votes

[ Read All Comments ]