Facebook To Launch Slingshot as a Competitor to Snapchat

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If first you don’t succeed try, try again. A couple weeks ago Facebook retired Facebook Poke. It now seems according to reports out of the Financial Times and  Business Insider, that Facebook is going to be rolling out a new competitor to Snapchat.

From the Business Insider

The app, known internally as Slingshot, has reportedly been in the works for several months under the direct supervision of Mark Zuckerberg.

The Financial Times reports that Slingshot will let users send photos or short videos that can only be viewed once to their friends by tapping on their profile pictures.

It will likely be a stand-alone product — similar to Facebook’s news app Paper — and could be launched as early as this month.

Facebook tried (and failed) to buy Snapchat late last year for $3 billion, and this second attempt at a competitor app proves that the company is serious about having an ephemeral messaging app, potentially to help it boost its popularity with teen users

You can also check out the article on FT.com but you will have to register there to read that article.

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  • albert May 18, 2014, 4:07 pm

    Wasn’t it Jeremy Shoemaker who said that facebook was only interested in acquiring companies like snapchat not really for the technology, but for the users (I think snapchat has over 20 million).

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