A Snapchat alternative from the social media king
- Share photos, videos and selfies
- Self-destructing content
- Excellent usability
- Add text or drawing to photos
- Not particularly innovative
- Mutual sharing mandatory
Share moments of your life- for a few seconds
To use Slingshot, you’ll need to register an account, along with your phone number. Then, you can start taking pictures (even selfies) or shoot short videos to send to your Facebook friends or contacts, which can be imported through Facebook or your phonebook.
Similar to Snapchat, the shared content will self-destruct after a few seconds on the screen, and you won’t be able to get it back. Be warned, however: the peculiarity of Slingshot is that the recipient has to send a photo or video message in return before they can open the received file.
Before sending, pictures can be retouched by adding a caption or drawing on the image. You also have the option to let Slingshot to save the image in your gallery before you send it.
Suitable for all
Slingshot is all about simplicity : the options are minimal but clear, and the interface is really useable. It takes seconds to take and share a photo with someone, and you can fine tune the image by adding a caption or drawing on it.
Mutual sharing seems unconvincing
Slingshot is a viable alternative to Snapchat in that it works well, is intuitive, and forces your content to self-destruct after a few seconds.
Unfortunately, one of its key methods of use may be unconvincing for some: you have to give to receive. Slingshot evolves on the philosophy of Snapchat, based on mutual sharing **, by making it mandatory.** . This idea, however, creates a practical problem. The recipient of the image will more likely than not resort to sending random photos of the wall so that they can view the image or video they’ve received.