Facebook launches Snapchat-competitor Slingshot into Google Play

Facebook is no stranger to social media, so it should be of little surprise to see them taking on Snapchat in their latest release dubbed Slingshot. Slingshot is a photo sharing app, but instead of just expiring photos, users send one photo to a contact, but the recipient cannot see the image until one gets sent in return.

Slingshot launched today for iOS and Android, at least according to the service's new Facebook page and website found at www.sling.me. In addition, a promotional video sharing how the service works was also released, teasing users with the prospect of yet-another photo sharing gimmick.

Will Facebook strike gold with Slingshot? It'll take some time to figure out for sure, but it's a least a new idea, if not somewhat contrived. You can try it out yourself for free now in Google Play.

What do you think of Slingshot? Will it be a fad or the next Instagram? Let us know in comments.

 
There are 41 comments

dadathepanda says:

Now that's stupid....

The panda has spoken

cj1016 says:

My teenage daughters have tried to get me into SnapChat and I refused. Maybe I'll give this a go with them. I still don't see the overall point though.

Bdrago86 says:

I don't think I'd be to fond of my teenage daughter using snapchat. That's just my .02

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Shadow53007 says:

+1

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estockda says:

Agreed

benhaube says:

Agreed

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WolfpacDAR says:

Phones have cameras, it's no different. What she can do on there she can do on snapchat (remember, you can delete any pic...)

Also, my teen sister uses it, and all i ever see her snap are pics of her Starbucks or Chipotle or the cat.

You cant shelter kids from everything, and I feel like there are much more important battles to fight than them using a picture taking app. Teach her to have self esteem and to not send dirty pics, dont just restrict the use of a camera app lol...

Duh. Parents these days... SMH. Always pointing the finger at the wrong problem.

grydlok says:

I agree,

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Jack Wolfe says:

An appropriate name for the app, since The Zuck and Company are usually slinging it anyway...

Habylab says:

You only see it after you have replied? Well that is stupid. How do you react then?!

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mwara244 says:

What about people into the Group Sling?

miguelmeza14 says:

It's already available on the Play Store.

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techitrucker says:

So I send you a picture of mine you send me one of yours. That won't end in tragedy......

Armadillo, the other white meat.

mwara244 says:

Especially if she sends you one of hers that looks like yours!

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pafoid says:

When I see it on Google Play it says that it is not compatible with my devices (Nexus One, Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4, 5, 7, Asus Transformer TF101). I think this is only because I am in Canada. Could someone back it up and send a link to the APK plz ?

Bdrago86 says:

Anyone who knows anything about rooting and xposed, knows there's a work around for saving pictures without the person being notified. I'm sure the ability to do so on here isn't to far away.

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Daniel Yei says:

Wow, Daniel !!
It's Wpcentral ?!?!

Not available in the UK :/

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Not available in the UK

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sunburned says:

So who is going to mod this app to detect nudity in the pics before it lets either person see them? Honestly, that's the only reason this type of app exists...

grydlok says:

hmm they want my Cell phone number to use this app

yearoftherat says:

Why does it need my phone number? We should be able to sign in using our fb credentials. I didn't give it to FB when they first asked for it so why would I want to give it now?..Uninstalled.

thatguy97 says:

It asked me for my social security number

Posted from my Nexus 7 2013 or Samsung galaxy S5

yearoftherat says:

Why the heck does fb need your SSN? They have gone too far regarding privacy.

benhaube says:

While I agree with your thoughts on Facebook; I think he was kidding.

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yearoftherat says:

"Not available in your country"...Canada

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how the hell can you develop an app in android with nexus device not compatible????

HubyD says:

Probably the country you live in. It's not available for my N5 & N7 either, but that's because I live in Belgium. You can check the reason you can't install an app by clicking on "Install" and then the Dropdown at the bottom where you select the device.

Lamaryo says:

Not available in Germany smh

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izzy67 says:

Why would they make it that way?? Can't see pic until ya get another sent!!!

how the hell am i to reply to a pic i didn't see or can't see in this case............#Stupid

cowboys2000 says:

The only reason why I download some apps, is to doublecheck what my children and their peers are using (social media apps).

I don't really get Snap Chat either, but I have it on my phone.

I have been in "I hate Facebook" the past 3 weeks (another rant for another day). And I removed the Facebook App and Messenger from my android device. I'm not letting FB back into my "settings, contacts, etc."

Bdrago86 says:

Yeah I deleted my FB and never looked back.

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skyboxer says:

So it's the kind of pictures that Snapchat is infamous for, but with your Facebook friends. Ewww.

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Mamaluka says:

I'm still waiting for Facebook messenger to become a 'mandatory install' like they announced it would be months ago. I still haven't installed it and will stop using the app if I am made to.

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I wouldn't support it. That's what's called a monopoly and it ruins the economy.

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B3t0 says:

Not available in México. It Suck anyways i guess....

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Not available in Australia...

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Satheesh Ak says:

Yeah, seems like the exact opposite of how conversing typically works.

Own Snapshot like App Now - http://appdupe.com/snapchat-clone-ios-app