Facebook Launches New 'Slingshot' Messaging App

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    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.

    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]

    Article Link: Facebook Launches New 'Slingshot' Messaging App
  2. Lapidus macrumors regular


    May 14, 2012
  3. Daniel L macrumors 6502

    Sep 15, 2009
    Requiring a reply picture just to view the original one sounds like a pain
  4. laszlo182 macrumors regular

    Nov 17, 2013
    Bratislava, Slovakia
    Why is it available only in the U.S.?
    As well as "Paper"...
  5. cariacou macrumors 6502


    Jul 21, 2010
    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...
  6. chelsel macrumors 6502

    May 24, 2007

    >pictures and videos are deleted shortly after they are viewed

    Sure they are ;-)
  7. r-m macrumors 6502a

    May 7, 2010
    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!
  8. joejoejoe macrumors 65816

    Sep 13, 2006
    So it's impossible to have a back and forth conversation.

    This feels like it was made to swap nudes and nothing else.
  9. ZacNicholson macrumors 6502a


    Jun 25, 2011
    hows this different than their poke app that failed besides the fast you have to send a pic to view a pic?
  10. nepalisherpa macrumors 68020


    Aug 15, 2011
    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?
  11. r-m macrumors 6502a

    May 7, 2010
    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
  12. avanpelt macrumors 68020

    Jun 2, 2010
    This app is likely listed on a whiteboard at Facebook HQ under the following heading:

    "Projects created just for the hell of it to see if they're successful"
  13. Radio macrumors 68000

    Mar 5, 2012
    Central California
    This will do as well as Ping and iTunes Radio.
  14. g-7 macrumors 6502


    Feb 14, 2006
    Maybe because they have reached an agreement with the US Government to record all the data and send it to them? As soon as they sign a similar secret agreement with the government of your country, the app will be available there as well. :D :D :D

    Or, it's a kind of "No [Blacks/Whites/Jews/Non-Americans/Whatevers/etc.] Allowed" kind of thinking, disguised and hidden behind some legal mumbo-jumbo. I'm sure they will give a meaningful and deep answer. Such as "That's our policy". Or "We're hoping to bring [app's name] to every possible country".

    Or maybe they just don't have enough resources to make it available worldwide, it's a small company after all! No, wait... :)
  15. Dagless macrumors Core


    Jan 18, 2005
    Fighting to stay in the EU
    So many pitch-black photos will be shared just to see what the original post was.
  16. needfx macrumors 68040


    Aug 10, 2010
    macrumors apparently
  17. bluespark macrumors 65816

    Jul 11, 2009
    New York
    Agreed. I can't think of a use for this other than progressively revealing flirting. Dating apparently is rather silly in Silicon Valley.
  18. Identity Fraud macrumors 6502

    Sep 11, 2009

    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.
  19. ArtOfWarfare macrumors 604


    Nov 26, 2007
    It doesn't, and that's the point.

    It sounds like a neat concept to me, potentially more interesting than SnapChat.
  20. The Phazer macrumors 68030

    Oct 31, 2007
    London, UK
    I can't think of how dumb you'd have to be to use a Facebook owned app for this.
  21. FieldingMellish Suspended

    Jun 20, 2010
    I'd wind up with a ton of unseen pictures. It really is like 1984 with big brother influencing your behavior patterns.
  22. bushido Suspended


    Mar 26, 2008
    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
  23. djtech42 macrumors 65816


    Jun 23, 2012
    West Chester, OH
    I agree completely. I think that these companies fracture functions into new apps to bring attention back to them, making it seem like they are doing something new. It's just a marketing tactic.
  24. AHDuke99 macrumors 68020


    Nov 14, 2002
    Charleston, SC
    Yep, they rejected a $3 BILLION offer from FB a year ago... insane on their part considering they make no money
  25. iOSaddict macrumors regular

    Jun 3, 2014
    Awesome! Have been awaiting this app because I deleted Snapchat. Don't want to support a company that is run by a huge douchebag. Now Facebook make this ***** international. :cool:

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