Facebook’s latest messaging app: Slingshot

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Facebook recognized that Poke was a dud, but it apparently isn’t ready to give up on new messaging apps. Facebook has released a new app in the iTunes Store — Slingshot.

Through Slingshot, users can take a photo, add images and text and other creative accoutrements, then “sling” it to a friend, who must do the same to see the image they received.

The app is listed in the iTunes store now, but it shows a launch date of Tuesday.

A Facebook spokesperson told Inside Facebook that it was mistakenly released early:

Earlier today, we accidentally released a version of Slingshot, a new app we’re working on. With Slingshot, you’ll be able to share everyday moments with lots of people at once. It’ll be ready soon and we’re excited for you to try it out.

The iTunes Store entry offers some more interesting details about Slingshot.

The news was first reported by The Verge.

Here’s the product description:

Slingshot lets you quickly share moments—little and big—with all your friends. Shoot a photo or video of what you’re up to and sling it to a bunch of people. 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.

• Stay in touch: Capture photos and videos of moments you want to share with friends
• Go shot for shot: To unlock new shots, first you have to sling something back
• Enjoy it while it lasts: Once you swipe a shot away, it’ll no longer be viewable
• Send a quick reply: After unlocking a shot, respond with your reaction
• Get creative: Express yourself with captions and drawings
• Look when you want: View unlocked shots later if you’re busy

The Slingshot app requires iOS 7.0 or later and will apparently be compatible with iPads. The app will be optimized for the iPhone 5.

Readers: What do you think about this app? Would you be interested?

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