We are not sure that this is how things went down, but it is a fun thought to explore. What we are sure of is that yesterday afternoon, the Slingshot app was finally and officially released into the world.
Is it similar to Snapchat? We said it before and we will say it again: yes, yes it is similar and yet, a bit different, as it truly promises the users to protect their shared content by making it disappear in the blink of an eye.
This is Facebook taking another (sling) shot to gain back its most important niche of users: the teenagers. Also, the tech giant wants us to interact better and feel closer to each other, just like the social media platform intends:
With Slingshot, we wanted to build something where everybody is a creator and nobody is just a spectator. When everyone participates, there’s less pressure, more creativity and even the little things in life can turn into awesome shared experiences. This is what Slingshot is all about. Photos and videos that don’t stick around forever allow for sharing that’s more expressive, raw and spontaneous. We can connect the same way we like to live: in the moment. We’ve enjoyed using Snapchat to send each other ephemeral messages and expect there to be a variety of apps that explore this new way of sharing. With Slingshot, we saw an opportunity to create something new and different: a space where you can share everyday moments with lots of people at once.
We are still a bit worried about those special types of creeps who will send less – than – innocent photos to their network protected by the ephemeral status of everything sent through the Slingshot app, but that time hasn’t come yet and we hope we’re not giving anybody nefarious ideas. The Slingshot app is available from now in the United States on iPhone (iOS7) and Android (Jelly Bean and KitKat).
However, Snapchat seems to be one step ahead of Facebook and its Slingshot app, as it introduced a live – chat feature last week. As you can imagine, the freshly released Slingshot doesn’t sport such important opportunity. However, it plays the card of communication, collaboration and immediate feedback. We’re waiting for more news, reviews and opinions about the Slingshot app and if you already got your hands on it, don’t be shy in sharing with us your experience with the app!