Facebook today accidentally released Slingshot – the messaging app it has been working on since a few months now – ahead of its planned release and then quickly removed it.
In a statement to The Verge Facebook said “Earlier today, we accidentally released a version of Slingshot, a new app we’re working on. With Slingshot, you’ll be able to share everyday moments with lots of people at once. It’ll be ready soon and we’re excited for you to try it out”
Facebook isn’t new to Ephemeral messaging as it released Poke app that allowed users to share messages, photos and videos and set a time limit for each of them past which they will be deleted. However, Poke didn’t find many takers and it vanished like its messages.
Facebook then tried to takeover Snapchat with a $3 billion bid, but the latter rejected the bid, which forced Facebook to turn its attention to a homegrown messaging app – Slingshot.
Little was know about Slingshot until its sudden appearance on the app store.
The description of the app read “Slingshot lets you quickly share moments —little and big— with all your friends. Shoot a photo or video of what you’re up to and sling it to a bunch of people. They won’t be able to see your shot until they sling something back. Tap on a shot to react, or simply swipe it away.”
We are not sure how this ‘one message behind’ conversation will work, but this feature is what differentiates the messaging app from its competitors.