Last week Facebook releases a new mobile app… Well, accidentally released. The company accidentally put its app, Slingshot to the Apple store, and just like a snapchat, a few second after it went public, it was gone from the store. An hour later, Facebook released a statement explaining the incident, and promises to bring the app out soon. Well, they sure did keep their promise. This week (or today), Facebook officially launches the new Slingshot app.
“Earlier today, we accidentally released a version of Slingshot, a new app we’re working on, it’ll be ready soon and we’re excited for you to try it out.”
So, the question you wouldn’t ask but I’ll answer anyway…, what is Slingshot? Well, I’ve said above, it just like Snapchat, at least the app was built around the same concept that you send a message with picture or video, and as soon as the receiver views it, the clock started the countdown, and after a short while, the message disappears (Well, not really, Facebook would probably have it, just like Snapchat does).
What is the difference then? Well, for starters, you don’t send messages here, that’s what Facebook Message is for. Also, to make a name for itself, Slingshot works in a response-based caveat. With the intent to encourage more social interaction through this, Slingshot wants you to “sling” something back in order for you to open the original message. Sound a little bit weird, mainly because how do you respond if you don’t know what they sent? Will the users welcome to this new idea? Or will they just return to the good old Snapchat? Did you try Slingshot out? What do you think about the app?
The app will be available for Android users with Jelly Bean or later, and iOS with iOS 7 and later. Stay tune for updates on availability for Windows Phone.