Facebook's answer to Snapchat appears in App Store, then disappears

Facebook's answer to Snapchat appears in App Store, then disappears
We all know that Snapchat sends out a photo with a caption, or a video, and quickly self-destructs after it is viewed. Last November, Snapchat was rumored to have turned down a $3 billion acquisition bid from Facebook. Rebuffed by Snapchat, Facebook decided to build a similar app of its own. Called Slingshot, the app has the same features as Snapchat, including the ability to draw or add a caption to the disappearing message.

Facebook itself pulled off a Snapchat-like feat on Monday, when it posted Slingshot on the App Store in a few countries, only to pull it shortly thereafter. Before it was pulled, a few people got to take a look at the app. What they found out is that unlike Snapchat, before you get to read a message sent to you by someone, you must send that person a message first. When you are looking at a message, you can hit the "React" button to send an immediate response back to the sender of the original message.


Not a trace of Slingshot remains in the App Store, and Facebook admits to mistakenly putting it up on Monday. The social networking firm said that Slingshot should be coming soon, and by all indications,it looks like most of the work has been done, including the design of Slingshot's icon.

Screenshots from Slingshot
Screenshots from Slingshot
Screenshots from Slingshot

Screenshots from Slingshot


source: TheVerge

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6 Comments

1. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

Hmmm... "Slingshot" sounds suspiciously similar to "Snapchat"...

3. andrak

Posts: 30; Member since: Oct 12, 2013

Even the poster at PA got confused in the Title

2. andrak

Posts: 30; Member since: Oct 12, 2013

they got confused on the title

4. express77 unregistered

In snapchat, messages disappears after reading. But FB's app disappears itself. Now thats innovation.

5. faizan-sharif

Posts: 98; Member since: Jun 26, 2013

gud, you sound perfect, but we dont know if it will be able to do it consistently :)

6. Ishmeet

Posts: 111; Member since: Sep 16, 2013

No thanks you, your apps already drain enough battery to make my mobile phone a wired headset stuck to my charger.

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