After Snapchat turned down its $3 billion purchase offer, Facebook said it would produce a clone of the popular ephemeral messaging app. True to its word, Mark Zuckerberg's company has created a new self-destructing messaging platform called Slingshot.
Available for Android and iOS, Slingshot lets users send photos and short videos that they can edit with text or draw on. The catch is that in order for anyone to see your photos or videos, they have to send, or sling, their own back in return. If they don't, your message will remain too pixelated for them to see.
When you're done looking at your friend's message, simply swipe it away and it will disappear forever. Unlike Snapchat, however, you won't receive any notifications if someone takes a screenshot of your photo or video, so you might want to keep your messages on the PG side of things. There's also no way to force you to delete unlocked shots.
If nothing else, Facebook should get credit for Slingshot's unique functionality and styling. But, if the company is hoping for this app to catch on like Snapchat, it may not want to hold its breath.
Snapchat is one of the most popular messaging apps around, especially with younger users. In fact, when Snapchat released its latest update, teachers reported that it became a huge distraction as students went wild trying to download it. Snapchat also recently added a group-sharing feature for concerts and other live events.