Facebook’s Slingshot – Quite Hot!
Facebook has officially announced Slingshot, an ephemeral messaging app that allows you to send photos and videos instantly. It is a free app available for Android and iPhone users. The interface is very easy. It is rumoured to be built on the lines of Snapchat. However, there is a noticeable difference between Slingshot and other messaging apps. This is how Slingshot works- click a picture or record a video, spruce it up with some design or text and just send it to your friends. Simple, isn’t it? No. There is a small twist here. If you wish to view what your friends have shared, you need to send something back. This is what makes it unique from Snapchat and other messaging apps. The uniqueness lies in the fact that the interaction level between two parties is at par.
This is an app which leaves no room for spectators. Everyone is required to share something or the else to enjoy this app. According to Facebook, Slingshot is not a messaging app; it is an app where you can share a moment with a bunch of friends. However this does not mean that Slingshot users cannot send stuff to one person. This app is mainly designed for sending stuff to a large group. This is another feature which sets Slingshot apart from Snapchat.
How Slingshot works?
Sign up on Slingshot using your Facebook login or mobile number. You can add contacts from your phonebook and Facebook account. The best part is that you don’t need a Facebook account to use Slingshot. If you cannot find a particular friend from your phonebook or Facebook contacts, just enter the username of the desired friend.
As soon as you launch the app, the phone camera turns on with three preset modes- Selfie, Flash and Shoot. Click a picture, add a short description or draw something and finally select the contacts you wish to send the picture to. If you do not like the picture you have clicked, you can click it again with the re-shoot option. There are two options to add text to the image. You can either add it on the top of the picture with small font or drag the text on the photo to make it bigger. A small colour palette on the side also allows you to add colours to a particular image. You can also send videos that are not more than 15 seconds.
You can also hear some tunes in the background while using the app. After editing, you just have to click ‘use’ to open sling view. Sling view is the final page which allows you to choose contacts that use Slingshot. If you wish to unlock all the photos sent by your friends in one go, you can send the photo you just edited to the entire bunch. Slingshot designer ensured that the app is a fun experience for users. Deleting pictures is also easy- just one swipe and it is done!
Another interesting feature of Slingshot is reaction shots. This will split your screen into two- camera mode and the image that you have received. You can just click a picture from your camera as unlock your image. The best part about reaction shots is that the recipient is not required to send anything to view your image.
After Paper, Slingshot is the second app launched by Facebook’s Creative Labs. Slingshot will have to compete with Snapchat, Instagram and other messaging apps.