Facebook is trying once again to enter the increasingly crowded ephemeral messaging app market with Slingshot, a photo sharing app. But unlike Snapchat and other services, before you can see a photo, you need to reply with a photo of your own.
Unlike Poke, which was pretty much a Snapchat clone, Slingshot adds another element to the mix. By forcing you to send a picture (or “sling” as Facebook is calling it) to see a picture , it could potentially raise the engagement level in the app.
After a photo is unlocked, you can reply with a reaction shot. Once a photo is swiped away, it’s gone forever.
The app, while currently in the App Store, is unavailable in the United States, but it looks like it’s on a global rollout and hopefully will become available in your country soon. We have a query out to Facebook about the release and we’ll update this article once we get comment or the app hits the US App Store.
Update: The app seems to have been pulled from the Malaysian App Store. Facebook told the Verge that the Slingshot app was accidentally released.
➤ Slingshot for iPhone