App Review – Slingshot
Threat Level – high
Welcome the newest app from Facebook called Slingshot. Snapchat is estimated to have more than 30 million users and reportedly turned down a $3 billion acquisition offer from Facebook last fall. Facebook later went on to buy WhatsApp, a messaging app that’s especially widespread overseas. I think this is Facebooks answer to being turned down by Snapchat. Facebook has really been wanting to put their own spin on a picture sharing app different than Instagram. So now you have Slingshot.
Slingshot is an app available on all platforms and logs in through your Facebook account. Once you download Slingshot and get your account setup, then you are ready to start sharing pictures.
With similar apps such as Snapchat or I delete, self destructing picture sharing has become very popular. Slingshot takes a different approach from self destructing pictures by not deleting the pictures you send and receive, instead it requires you to send a picture or video back to the person who sent you a pic before you can see the one they sent you. Hence the name ‘Slingshot’.
The developers of Slingshot posted this….”With Slingshot, we wanted to build something where everybody is a creator and nobody is just a spectator,” its creators said in a blog post announcing the app. “When everyone participates, there’s less pressure, more creativity and even the little things in life can turn into awesome shared experiences.”
Slingshot has a lot of the similar photo filters we have seen, along with being able to type a message on top of the picture as well.
This app should be monitored closely to make sure you approve of your child’s friends that they are slingshotting photos from. Remember it is an app made by Facebook, so all the social ties will be there with that.
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