Facebook officially launches Slingshot, its latest messaging app

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By Justin Lafferty Comment

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A couple weeks after an accidental launch, Facebook on Tuesday officially announced that its newest messaging app — Slingshot — is available for the iPhone and Android. Many people are calling Slingshot a Snapchat competitor, and it will be interesting to see how well Slingshot is received, especially after Facebook’s last messaging app — Poke — failed.

Slingshot is the latest release from Facebook’s Creative Labs. The Slingshot team blogged about the new app:

Photos and videos that don’t stick around forever allow for sharing that’s more expressive, raw and spontaneous. We can connect the same way we like to live: in the moment. We’ve enjoyed using Snapchat to send each other ephemeral messages and expect there to be a variety of apps that explore this new way of sharing. With Slingshot, we saw an opportunity to create something new and different: a space where you can share everyday moments with lots of people at once.

To get started on Slingshot, shoot a photo or video. It can be what you’re up to, who you’re with or a quick selfie. Add some text and color, then sling it to a bunch of friends. Here’s the deal: friends won’t be able to see your shot until they sling something back to you. They can then reply with a reaction—or simply swipe your shot away.

Slingshot is available for iPhone users who have iOS 7 and Android device users who are on KitKat or Jelly Bean.

Here’s the official product description from the Google Play store:

Slingshot lets you quickly share moments—little and big—with lots of people at once. Shoot a photo or video of what you’re up to and sling it to a bunch of friends. They won’t be able to see your shot until they sling something back. Tap on a shot to react, or simply swipe it away.

•Stay in touch: Capture photos and videos of moments you want to share with friends
•Go shot for shot: To unlock new shots, first you have to sling something back
•Enjoy it while it lasts: Once you swipe a shot away, it’ll no longer be viewable
•Send a quick reply: After unlocking a shot, respond with your reaction
•Get creative: Express yourself with captions and drawings
•Look when you want: View unlocked shots later if you’re busy

Readers: What do you think about it?