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Slingshot for iOS

By Facebook Free Editors' Rating

Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Jul 31, 2014

Slingshot is an interesting new app from Facebook that lets you engage in a sort of ongoing photo trade with friends and family. All you have to do is send off a photo when you're doing something fun; and when they're ready, they'll do the same.

Pros

Auto-Sync contacts: You can only send Slingshots to fellow program users, but the app does make it easy to find them. It can import all of your Contacts as well as all of your Facebook friends and let you know who already has an account in just a matter of seconds. And you can send invitations to friends you'd like to share photos with straight from the app.

Immediate reactions: When you receive a photo, you have the option to immediately react. Choosing that option opens the self-facing camera, and you can show your friends in one image exactly what you think of the photo they just sent you.

Cons

Send to reveal: You can't see photos that have been sent to you through this app until you send one back to the sender. And they can't see the photo you just sent until they send one back to you. While the idea behind this design is interesting, it can quickly cause the photo exchanges to turn into an unending back and forth of unexciting photos just so the sender can get a look at what they just received.

Reaction review: When you take a Reaction photo, it's immediately sent. You get no chance to review it, and so you can often wind up sending a reaction that wasn't really what you were going for.

Bottom Line

Slingshot has a lot of potential, but it does have a few kinks to work out as well. However, if you understand the intended purpose, and the people you're using it with do as well, it can be a lot of fun to use -- and it's completely free.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 1.0.1

General

Release June 17, 2014
Date Added June 17, 2014
Version 1.0.1

Operating Systems

Operating Systems iOS
Additional Requirements Requires iOS 7.0 or later.

Popularity

Total Downloads 117
Downloads Last Week 0
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Developer's Description

Slingshot lets you quickly share moments--little and big--with lots of people at once. Shoot a photo or video of what you're up to and sling it to a bunch of friends. 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.
  • Stay in touch: Capture photos and videos of moments you want to share with friends
  • Go shot for shot: To unlock new shots, first you have to sling something back
  • Enjoy it while it lasts: Once you swipe a shot away, it'll no longer be viewable
  • Send a quick reply: After unlocking a shot, respond with your reaction
  • Get creative: Express yourself with captions and drawings
  • Look when you want: View unlocked shots later if you're busy