Facebook Developing New Snapchat Competitor, May Launch This Month

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Facebook is building a new app that will serve as a direct competitor to Snapchat, according to a report from the Financial Times. The project, which is codenamed "Slingshot", will enable users to send each other pictures or short video messages through a simplified, grid-based interface similar to the one seen in messaging app TapTalk. Like Snapchat, photos and videos can only be taken in real time, and messages disappear after a specified time limit.

    Facebook's new ephemeral messaging app is said to resemble TapTalk (pictured above) ​
    Facebook head Mark Zuckerberg is said to be personally overseeing the project, with Slingshot's development coming after Facebook attempted to buy Snapchat for $3 billion last year. The news also follows Facebook's removal of its long defunct Facebook Poke app from the App Store earlier this month, which was the company's first answer to Snapchat. Originally launched in December of 2012, Poke allowed users to send ephemeral photos, videos, text messages, and "poke" notifications to their friends.

    According to the report, Slingshot could be released as early as this month on mobile platforms. Facebook previously launched its news content and curation app Paper this past February. The app was the first product to come out of Facebook's Creative Labs initiative.

    Article Link: Facebook Developing New Snapchat Competitor, May Launch This Month
  2. clayj macrumors 604


    Jan 14, 2005
    visiting from downstream
    Maybe Facebook should consider restoring the Most Recent view to the News Feed -- rather than forcing us to use some convoluted workaround in the More screen -- in the actual Facebook app FIRST.
  3. timmyseo macrumors newbie

    Oct 28, 2013
    United States
    Hey Clayj have you tried the app called, "Paper"? It's actually pretty neat.
  4. C DM macrumors Westmere

    Oct 17, 2011
    Didn't they do this already with Poke (they that just recently pulled)?
  5. joshuaclinton macrumors member

    Mar 28, 2014
  6. joshwenke macrumors regular


    Mar 26, 2011
    San Jose, CA
    This will fail and Snapchat will dominate. End of story.
  7. Glassed Silver macrumors 68000

    Glassed Silver

    Mar 10, 2007
    Kassel, Germany
    The way I understood it is that there's a strong emphasis on having your content be temporary on Snapchat.
    Whether or not it's bulletproof, it's most prominently popular for "enabling" to forget your worries about some content you may send.

    Linking these use cases to a data mining company like Facebook seems like what most users would like to explicitly avoid.

    Glassed Silver:mac
  8. electorate macrumors member


    May 8, 2014
    Melbourne, Australia
    It's interesting to see that Facebook is willing to have another poke at Snapchat..
  9. djtech42 macrumors 65816


    Jun 23, 2012
    West Chester, OH
    So Facebook, the biggest data mining company (besides Google, possibly), is creating an app that supposedly allows you to send content "temporarily."


    Sorry, I couldn't keep a straight face. :D :rolleyes:
  10. lotzosushi macrumors 6502


    Jan 10, 2007
    aka We'llsecretlykeepallyourpicsChat by Facebook

    no thanks. :cool:
  11. LordQ macrumors 68040


    Sep 22, 2012
  12. joneill55 macrumors 6502

    Sep 11, 2007
    True that..... and I look forward to the day when fb reaches "MySpace" status :)
  13. The Doctor11, May 18, 2014
    Last edited: May 18, 2014

    The Doctor11 macrumors 603

    The Doctor11

    Dec 15, 2013
    New York
    Yup your dead on. But at least Samsung try's to copy something worth copying...
  14. Vinamra macrumors regular


    Nov 21, 2012
    Melbourne, Australia
    This! I laughed too ;)
  15. viizi macrumors regular

    Dec 2, 2010
    crazy as soon as there is an article about a leader, 99% of comments become arrogant. You should really look at leading a more positive lifestyle. Might just turn into one of those god forsaken PC keyboard warriors.


    not before something new and nice comes along pleaseeee. I would hate to have to give in to Google+. I really don't like the way it works.
  16. C DM macrumors Westmere

    Oct 17, 2011
    It already essentially has: http://www.macrumors.com/2014/05/09/facebook-removes-poke-and-camera/


    It already happened before.
  17. dampfnudel macrumors 68020

    Aug 14, 2010
    Brooklyn, NY
    FB is definitely on their way there and every failed attempt to stay relevant will just push them there faster.
  18. Carlanga macrumors 604


    Nov 5, 2009
    Meh failure is imminent fb. Go back to your "timeline" and hide this story w paper and the rest. Just stay where you are and you just might survive.
  19. Arndroid macrumors 6502a


    Oct 3, 2013
    They should have built a whatsapp clone and paid people a dollar a month to use it. They could pay all users for over 3 years before they matched the price tag.
  20. springsup macrumors 6502a


    Feb 14, 2013
    Facebook are such a bizarre company. Either they're total geniuses with some grand master plan or they don't have the first clue what they're doing.

    Poke, then Home, then WhatsApp, then Oculus, and now another Poke?

    Oh, and while I'm at it - all those notifications everybody keeps getting: "Do you know x?", in a desperate attempt to claw back the flocks of people leaving the site. They annoy the hell out of me and actually make me actively avoid Facebook.

    Sometimes I wonder what somebody I knew is doing now and consider Facebook-ing them; then I remember all that notification spam I get and decide to forget it.
  21. ArtOfWarfare macrumors 604


    Nov 26, 2007

    Worst business decision ever?

    They already tried making a clone of this piece of crapp once and failed; why waste time on it again?

    They'd probably get more bang for their buck making a Flappy Bird clone, if they have an itch to clone crapp.
  22. captain cadet macrumors 6502

    Sep 2, 2012
    poke was the first Snap chat competitor by Facebook - what happen to it? - got logged off the other day
  23. dannys1 macrumors 68000


    Sep 19, 2007
    Why don't they just add the option to send a photo for a time limited time to Facebook chat? Then, game over, surely? I mean ffs why do you need a separate app for this, all it is is sending a photo that deletes itself, what is the fuss??
  24. Dagless macrumors Core


    Jan 18, 2005
    Fighting to stay in the EU
    I have no idea what Snapchat is and I'm trying to see how long I can go before I find out. I realise this post might end that run.

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