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Facebook Slingshot: Watch Out Snapchat
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pcharles09
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pcharles09,
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6/30/2014 | 6:08:43 PM
Re: Not the Demo
I guess that's their strategy now. Much the same way they separated their messaging app from the main app. Why? I think it's to allow for quicker & easier development. More importantly, if the decide to spin off the app/service, it can be done seamlessly.
Kristin Burnham
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6/30/2014 | 2:49:33 PM
Re: Not the Demo
I think this might be the case if Facebook built Slingshot into its primary app. But because it requires users to specifically search for an download something extra, it may face adoption challenges. Then again, Facebook wants it to be completely separate for this reason -- more registrations, more users.
pcharles09
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pcharles09,
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6/24/2014 | 9:25:02 PM
Re: Not the Demo
I think they will. For the simple reason that they don't have to switch between apps to accomplish the same thing. It brings up the 'privacy' issue yet again but then again, it is FB.
Kristin Burnham
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Kristin Burnham,
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6/19/2014 | 10:00:45 AM
Re: Why another app???
A lot of people share that same sentiment. Facebook recently uncoupled messaging from its app and made it into a standalone application. It also released Paper, a standalong news reader that works alongside Facebook. I'm not surprised that it's not adding this feature to its main app because this demographic is so important to the company. Fewer young users are joining because they think Facebook is for their parents. By keeping this app separate, they're able to attract and retain (some) of these users. 
LinuxGuy-VPK
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LinuxGuy-VPK,
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6/18/2014 | 9:10:38 AM
Why another app???
It seems kind of silly to have another app to do something that someone is already doing...  my question is - why not just make this a feature of Facebook itself?  You already have the users on facebook.  Why not add a dissappearing message function to facebook itself.

Everything we post to facebook is visible forever, unless we delete it, but even then it is "out there".  Why not add 30-day self destructing messages right into facebook.  That makes much more sense to me.

I don't need another app clogging my smartphone memory, or another login to keep track of, or yet another place to tell my friends what I'm doing.

That's my 2 cents worth!
Henrisha
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Henrisha,
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6/18/2014 | 6:30:31 AM
Re: Not the Demo
Personally, I won't. I think the targetted userbase for Slingshot is, well, the users of Snapchat, and even that demographic is pretty limited. I don't see this being a huge hit (obviously when compared to the original), but like you said, we'll see soon enough.
Team Look
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Team Look,
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6/18/2014 | 12:16:57 AM
Facebook has copied another LA-based mobile startup
We're flattered that Facebook "borrowed" IP for our messaging mechanic that we debuted at the TechCrunch Pitch-off in Los Angeles. www.GetLookApp.com. Copying a mobile based startup in Los Angeles to compete with another LA based startup that was already copied? Perhaps the new source of "innovation".
Kristin Burnham
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Kristin Burnham,
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6/17/2014 | 9:15:08 PM
Re: Not the Demo
I think a lot of people wonder the same thing. :-) It's a novelty app for a younger demographic, which is important for Facebook to attract. Facebook knows it's not going to be the next Snapchat, but it's still trying to compete. Will users download it? We'll see.
pcharles09
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pcharles09,
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6/17/2014 | 9:02:36 PM
Re: Not the Demo
I honestly don't even understand why some people use Snapchat? I would think if you're not sending anything you don't really think you should, thus the disappearing aspect, then why not use a regular chat app?
David Wagner
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David Wagner,
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6/17/2014 | 6:07:25 PM
Not the Demo
I know I'm not Snapchat's demo and while I'm a Facebook user, I don't really have a need for a SnapChat clone. So maybe I just don't get it. But if I'm going to have a chat that is supposed to disappear why would I have it with a company that keeps track of everything thing I've done in its site since before the light bulb was invented?

I know I trust Facebook to keep stuff for me, so I should trust it to lose it. But somehow that seems harder to believe.


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