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Facebook Introduces Slingshot, a Snapchat Competitor Based on an Odd Idea

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Facebook Creative Labs introduced their new app today, called Slingshot. This app has been rumored for some time as a Snapchat competitor, in that you can send short videos or images to friends that will disappear shortly after they view them. Slingshot is different in a way, though. In order to view images or videos received, you have to first “sling” something to the friend who just sent something to you. Wow, that was as odd to type as it sounds. 

Let me try to explain. If a friend “slings” a photo or video to you, you can’t view it. In order to view it, you have to first send something back to them, even though you haven’t seen what they just sent you. So you aren’t reacting to whatever they just sent, you are are simply sending some random thing that you happen to be doing at the same time without knowing what they are doing. How does that make any sense? I do not know. But that’s how it works!

You can react to items received, comment on them, share new images or videos with a few people or a bunch, draw on things, type on things, etc. Once you receive an item and swipe it away, it is gone forever. And that is Slingshot.

Ready to try it?

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Via: Sling.me
  • http://www.twitter.com/nblufire12 Nathan Patel

    How do I add my Facebook friends? It only gives me invite friends thru SMS….

  • Team Look

    We’re flattered that Facebook “borrowed” IP for our messaging mechanic that we debuted at the TechCrunch Pitch-off in Los Angeles. http://www.GetLookApp.com. Copying a mobile based startup in Los Angeles to compete with another LA based startup that was already copied? Perhaps the new source of “innovation”…

    • http://jaredrummler.com/ Jared Rummler

      Ideas are recreated all the time. It’s a competitive world.

    • velocipedes

      The entire history of innovation is built on precedence.

      Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

  • flosserelli

    aka SchlongShot

  • Terry West

    Some call it Sling, I calls it a Kaiser

  • test

    privacy policy says that data retention is same as facebook’s:

    Typically, information associated with your account will be kept until your account is deleted

    TRANSLATION: we keep picctures even if you slide them away

    • calculatorwatch

      Ah I see, Facebook is trying to amass the worlds largest collection of dick pics.

      • http://www.skial.com/ Tom S

        To use in ads?

  • Suman Gandham

    The only time I use the word ‘sling’, is when I use the phrase ‘shit-slinging’.

    #justsayin

  • BillySuede

    dumb.

  • Michael Shorey

    how bout

  • tati

    I can’t wait for Facebook to succumb to the inevitable myspace fate…

  • Liderc

    what the hell is this supposed to be lol.

  • Jhan-Michael Lyons

    I guess it’s a region locked app… says its incompatible with all my devices…

  • nate

    So you can’t have a conversation like in Snapchat… Pointless lol

  • Scott Tucker

    Time to slingus my dingus.

  • rodney11ride

    Screenshot = Snapchat busted

    • http://twitter.com/geoff5093 Geoff Johnson

      Except they know you took a screenshot

      • Ian

        What does knowing do for you? “Alright Mr. you took a screenie, no more dick pics for you….!”

        • http://twitter.com/geoff5093 Geoff Johnson

          You could say that, lol. It would also make it uncomfortable for that person if they know the person who sent it was aware they took a screenshot.

      • j

        ways around that.

        • http://twitter.com/geoff5093 Geoff Johnson

          Yeah, I use keepchat lol

  • Stache

    Does this mean there will be a endless loop of slings? Will I need to sling something new to see what they slinged to me, in order to view my original sling?

  • tylerc23

    Wasn’t Snapchat, which I despise, made to send nudey pics?

    • John Motschenbacher

      No but that is mainly why people used it lol

      • tylerc23

        ohhhh lol

      • Ian

        Actually, it was originally conceived and implemented for sexting, look it up.

        • steeeeevo

          I was originally conceived by actual sex i believe

      • Arian

        People don’t mainly use it for nudes. Mostly for selfie reactions

        • John Motschenbacher

          Nude selfies lol not sure I ever got a normal selfie

  • tylerc23

    Lameeee

  • Jpx

    Im going to try it out, only cause were talking about the largest community

  • crussell

    Really need a good ‘Nope’ gif for this one…

  • ROR1997

    Add me on slingshot- SexySchoolGirl69

    • Chris Stuart

      Are you fishing for dic pics?

  • Blue Sun

    Waiting for the meme of bear waving paws saying “NO!”

  • http://androidanthem.baldypal.com/ BaldyPal

    ” Ready to try it?” Uh, nope. The thought process there sounds half assed….

  • Droid Ronin
  • ROR1997

    It’s my 18 birthday today!

    Woah me too

    I’ll show you mine, you show me yours

    Okay

    *Girl slings picks of her birthday presents*

    *Guy slings dick pic*

    • tylerc23

      Exactly

      • T4rd

        *Girl screenshots dick pic and lols at it with all her friends nearby*

        • Weber

          Plot twist: girl slings pic of HER dick

          • Liderc

            haha, made me lol.

            “Plot twist” boom

          • michael arazan

            What about people who are into the Group Sling

    • Guest

      (Girl is actually 15, dresses like she’s in her 20s, Guy goes to Jail)

  • Shane Redman

    That sounds horrible

  • JSo

    Stupid. But then again, Snapchat is stupid too.

    • http://twitter.com/geoff5093 Geoff Johnson

      Not if you have friends

      • tylerc23

        ..that want to send you naked pictures ;)

        • http://twitter.com/geoff5093 Geoff Johnson

          Not everyone sends photos of dicks to each other.

          • Hugh Johnson

            You send them to yourself? That doesnt count as your one friend.

        • http://twitter.com/geoff5093 Geoff Johnson

          Way to edit your comment after I reply.

      • Nicholas Anagnostou

        This. I find the only people who hate on Snapchat don’t have friends. As bad as that sounds. I use it regularly with my friends as a replacement to MMS or facebook. Its just so easy

  • dsignori

    dumb

  • http://www.twitter.com/b_boogey_xl b_boogey_xl

    No, Facebook… just no.

  • Sqube

    Gonna be so much surprise dick getting slinged around.