Roughly six months after launching Slingshot, Facebook Creative Labs announced Thursday that they’ve re-focused the app to allow for more frictionless sharing.
When it was first released, Slingshot was similar to Snapchat, but requiring a user to send a message back in order to read a message received. Facebook admitted that this wasn’t conducive to sharing, so it opened up the app by getting rid of that restriction. Now, it is relaunching with Instagram-like filters as a straight-up photo messaging app.
Facebook blogged about the new Slingshot:
With Slingshot we originally set out to create a place where you could share real, raw moments with your friends. Since we released the first version we have been listening to all of the great feedback from our community and have been cranking away at a big update that we’re super excited to release today.
The new Slingshot: share life as it happens.
We understand that improving a product isn’t only about what you add, but about what you remove, so we made a simpler, cleaner, more fun Slingshot.
Not long after Facebook announced that Slingshot, its new photo messaging app, was available for U.S. iOS and Android users, Facebook today told of a rollout for international users.
The Slingshot team (part of Facebook Creative Labs) blogged about the rollout:
Since we launched last week, we’ve heard from lots of people around the world who are excited to give Slingshot a try. Starting today, we’re expanding our initial launch and making Slingshot available internationally!
You can find Slingshot in app stores around the world for iPhone (iOS7) and Android (Jelly Bean and KitKat) at http://sling.me/download.
This past week we’ve seen people share such terrific shots, face mashes and drawings. We can’t wait for what happens next!
A couple weeks after an accidental launch, Facebook on Tuesday officially announced that its newest messaging app — Slingshot — is available for the iPhone and Android. Many people are calling Slingshot a Snapchat competitor, and it will be interesting to see how well Slingshot is received, especially after Facebook’s last messaging app — Poke — failed.
Slingshot is the latest release from Facebook’s Creative Labs. The Slingshot team blogged about the new app:
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.
To get started on Slingshot, shoot a photo or video. It can be what you’re up to, who you’re with or a quick selfie. Add some text and color, then sling it to a bunch of friends. Here’s the deal: friends won’t be able to see your shot until they sling something back to you. They can then reply with a reaction—or simply swipe your shot away.
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.