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Facebooks Slingshot Receives First Major Update

Facebook’s Snapchat competitor Slingshot has received its first major update since its launch back in the middle of the year. The 2.0 update brings with it new features and layouts as well as additional content to help customise those shareable moments.

Slingshot allows the users to take short video messages and send them to friends. The service is an entirely separate entity to Facebook itself, so messages can only be sent to friends who also have the Slingshot app – similarly to how Poke was.

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Criticism from early users of the photo sharing app had developers reaching out for the drawing board and led them to what is now the newest version of the Snapchat competitor.

New features include previews before sending snaps, new filters for editing moments and new and improved drawing and emoji tools. The Slingshot update will also bring with it instant sharing to social networks, like that of Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

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Courtesy of Droid-Life, the list below compiles the adaptations and improvements:

  • Quickly shoot and share moments throughout your day
  • Get creative with filters, drawings and emojis
  • Shots stick around for 24 hours or until they’re swiped away
  • Reply to any shot with a private photo or video reaction
  • Connect with friends and follow awesome people around the world
  • Turn on instant notifications to never miss a moment from your favourite people
  • Relive your day and share your favourite shots out to other apps

Facebook tried to purchase Snapchat late last year for $3 billion, but the proposal was rejected, seemingly leaving Facebook to create their own similar app from scratch shortly after.