Snapchat is the app where teens and adults go to when they want to send pictures to each other that should automatically self-destruct after a couple of seconds. Should the recipient be deviant and “take a screenshot” of the image they were sent, the sender is alerted (although there are ways to get around that too).
Snapchat was so popular that Facebook allegedly offered them $3 billion to buy their company. This was rejected and so Facebook has bounced back with their own new app – Slingshot !
Slingshot is the new standalone app that allows people to send photos or videos to each other which are automatically deleted after they have been seen. However, Slingshot abides by the “show me yours and I will show you mine” motto as before you can see any pics you have been sent, you first have to send an image too:
With Slingshot, we wanted to build something where everybody is a creator and nobody is just a spectator. When everyone participates, there’s less pressure, more creativity and even the little things in life can turn into awesome shared experiences. This is what Slingshot is all about.
How does it work ?
Step 1: You need to register to use the app which is done with your mobile phone number. You receive an SMS with a unique code that you enter into the app. The app then matches up your “friends” using your address book looking for those that have signed up for the app. To use the app, you do not need to have a Facebook account.
Step 2: Fire up the app and you select which camera to use. The front camera for that “selfie” or the rear camera. Keep the button pressed and it will shoot a video instead of a photo.
Step 3: After a photo is taken, you have the ability to add text or draw on the photo.
Step 4: Next you can choose which of your friends you would like the image to be sent to. You can send the image or video to a single person or a group of people.
Step 5: The recipient has to upload their own photo before they are able to view your sent image/ video.
Step 6: You are able to “Reply” to specific photos with a comment and a photo.