It is well know that most of the content available on the internet has been created by a small percentage of internet users. Social media has had a hand in changing that and yet the figures are still very low with around 97% of internet users creating no content at all, but Facebook are hoping to change all of that with their Slingshot app. The app guide users to be creative and it all starts with a photo or a short fifteen second long video. The user can then “Sling” it to their friends, but there is a catch! In order for the friends to see the video or photo they will have to sling something back, it is a fair exchange! This of course, creates content that moves around the friend’s network.
There could be a few bugs within the build, as it seems that almost anyone who has your username could possibly be able to send you a Sling, it is not a biggy but it could get annoying after a while. This is a cool addition to Facebook, as they could simply cloned Snapchat or used an existing feature within the Facebook app, but Slingshot is here now. According to the Slingshot crew, it is easy to get started and there is a little catch at the end of the statement that is clearly designed to bring more people into the Facebook Slingshot fold and why not!
To get started on Slingshot, shoot a photo or video. It can be what you’re up to, who you’re with or a quick selfie. Add some text and color, then sling it to a bunch of friends. Here’s the deal: friends won’t be able to see your shot until they sling something back to you. They can then reply with a reaction—or simply swipe your shot away.
The Sling app is free to download in the US at the moment on Google Play for Android and iTunes for iOS devices. There are some limitations in place, so best check your Smartphone’s make and model first, hopefully the Slingshot app be rolling out to other regions soon, so that we can all get our hands on it.