Facebook shuts down its Lifestage app for teenagers

Facebook shuts down its Lifestage app for teenagers
Remember Lifestage? Yeah, neither do we. It's a teen-oriented app, which launched in August last year. Its basic premise was to have users fill a small portfolio of videos that show “who they are” — you were asked to record a mini clip of you being sad, mad, happy, with your best friend, you know — the works.

The app was probably supposed to be a Snapchat competitor, as its features are reminiscent to the story and disappearing photos format, just with a different twist to them. However, it barely took off and Facebook has finally pulled the plug on it today.

For the past months, Facebook has found another way to violently step on Snapchat's toes — it added Stories to Instagram, Messenger, and the main Facebook app, introduced ephemeral messages, and introduced Lens-like virtual masks to all three apps. In the mean time, Lifestage and its original ideas were forgotten in the app store wasteland. We can see why the plug was pulled. Sorry to the 10 people who were using it!



via: TechRadar

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6 Comments

1. libra89

Posts: 2243; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

I see that someone decided to use their brain and shut it down.

2. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1341; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

How many apps can there be that virtually do the same thing? Filters, Photo elements etc...

3. paul.k

Posts: 286; Member since: Jul 17, 2014

Still waiting for Stories in Hangouts and Skype. Oh, wait, Skype has them... yeeeeeeey

4. nikhil23

Posts: 416; Member since: Dec 07, 2016

don't get me wrong. Because you can already have comments and discussions in reddit, let's remove that feature from PA/ don't make any improvements to it. My point is I agree that there are 100 different apps for doing same thing but it all boils down to user preference. For example, Snap had stories and there are millions of users who use it every day. Insta rolled out stories and they have a huge user base(even more than snap) now. It all comes down to "If you wanna use it, use it. Otherwise Ignore"

5. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1341; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

Yeah I get that but its seems like the tech is following the auto industry and what i mean by that is that after Ford and the model T, there were numerous car company's (GM, Dodge, Buick Lincoln etc.) in America making the same product and it became over whelming for the consumer. eventually manufactures had to differentiate themselves ( luxury, sport, all terrain etc..) even that was too much and all of that consolidated to the big three as we know it today. I guess what I am saying is that FB, Twitter and Snap are the big three in my eyes and offer aspects not found in each other that make them useful and manageable for us consumers. and that they should stick to their core app and improving its features so when FB tries to be Twitter or Snap and vise versa it just confuses people ( or me at least).

6. nikhil23

Posts: 416; Member since: Dec 07, 2016

I agree with you I practically only use insta and snap but anyway there are absurd number of apps to do same thing and they all compete. 10 years ago, I used to use camera 360 and only knew about it for the filters and stuff and now, there are 1000 apps that practically does the same thing. In dev perspective, they should show users that they are changing and they offer latest and greatest. It's more like one car manufacturer opting LED lights and others do the same thing while being different. Sometimes I wonder who uses all these apps

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