Slingshot- or as Facebook sees it, the new Snapchat
The first original feature of Slingshot that set it apart from any other app was the fact that users had to respond with a picture or video to see what another user had sent to them. Facebook now decided to change this feature and make it optional for the users to send back a picture or video in response, making it possible to see the content even if the user doesn’t respond with something in return. Which, quite frankly makes sense to me why Facebook changed the feature. The feature made the entire app confusing from the beginning. It just doesn’t make sense as to why any user would respond before actually knowing what the content of their ‘friends’ was about in the first place. This change essentially makes it like the competing app Snapchat excluding one feature; which is the fact users can send pictures or videos to one person or to a group/mass of people. As for the amount of seconds the content is shown wasn’t said in the informational video. Yet, all of these changes are important to journalist because these small changes are what make or break certain apps, which in turn decide their success in the future. Apps like Twitter and even Instagram are used in news stories and featured for more information daily. Apps aren’t just something that teenagers use to pass time, they are utensils that journalists can use and reference for stories and use to keep up with what’s going on in the world. Essentially, knowing which apps are being used most and which apps may be on the rise, helps keep journalists in on the loop without putting forth too much effort.
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