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Slingshot, Facebook’s Snapchat competitor, is now available worldwide
Facebook already has the biggest social network, the biggest photo sharing service, and a popular messaging app. Now it wants to take on the leader in ephemeral messaging, Snapchat, with a standalone app called Slingshot.
If you live in the United States, Slingshot became available to you last week, but it’s only today that the app has launched worldwide.
So, what’s special about Slingshot? Well, it’s only special if you’re into its core feature – sending photos and videos that disappear after the recipient sees them. That’s a lot like Snapchat, for sure, but Facebook added its own little twist to the recipe, by making it so you can only view an image that someone sent you after you send them an image back. After that, puff!, the image or video is gone forever, though a simple screenshot can foil the system, so be careful, kids.
Slingshot lets you send images to groups of friends, and it also has a draw feature you can use to embellish your shots with doodles. Other than that, it’s pretty basic. In fact, it doesn’t even feature a Facebook login option, so you will have to create a new account for it. Facebook appears to be trying to distance itself from Slingshot and for good reason. After all, who in their right mind would use Slingshot for any naughty purposes when it’s tied into a social network that likely has their mom as a member?
So, dear international readers, Slingshot is in the Play Store, available for Android 4.1 devices and higher. Note that many people are complaining they didn’t receive the confirmation text required to register for the service, though we didn’t have any problems with it.