Jun 17 AT 1:20 PM Alex Wagner 3 Comments

Slingshot app launching today as Facebook’s answer to Snapchat


Last week, Facebook accidentally released a new app called “Slingshot” into the iOS App Store and then quickly pulled it. The company teased that the official launch would take place “soon” thereafter, and today that’s exactly what happened.

Facebook has officially taken the wraps off of Slingshot, its new competitor to popular ephemeral messaging app Snapchat. Much like Snapchat, Slingshot allows users to capture photos and videos, write and color on them and then send them to friends.


Slingshot and Snapchat aren’t totally the same, though. One big difference between them is that with Slingshot, after receiving a photo or video from a friend, you must send back an image or clip of your own before you’re allowed to view it.

So why launch Slingshot? Well, Facebook already took one stab at Snapchat with its Poke app for iOS, but it recently pulled it after the app failed to gain traction with users. Facebook likely realizes that Snapchat is big now, and so it’s giving ephemeral messaging another go with Slingshot, which is another way to keep users in its ecosystem.

Slingshot is available now on iOS and will launch on Android later today. The app requires iOS 7 or either Jelly Bean or KitKat. Once it officially hits the Play Store’s virtual shelves, we’ll give you a shout.

Source: Snapchat

Editorial Director of News and Content for PhoneDog Media. Arsenal, beer, video games. Can be followed on Twitter at @alw.

    Most Tweeted This Week

  • jerrbomb

    I have it abd I think the idea is awesome and a great answer to snapchat

  • Cwalden21

    for the source link you named it snapchat…lol

  • 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”.