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Slingshot, Facebook’s Snapchat-esque App, Goes Global

Slingshot, Facebook’s Snapchat-esque App, Goes Global

By Josh Wolford June 25, 2014

Facebook’s second attempt to capitalize on the popularity of the ephemeral message (after the first one, Poke, failed), Slingshot, is now available internationally. “Since we launched last week, we’ve heard from lots of people around the world who are excited …

Growth Rate Of Social Apps Compared Growth Rate Of Social Apps Compared

This week, GlobalWebIndex released a new report about global trends in social platform usage. It found that SnapChat is the fastest-growing social app, followed by Kik Messenger. It’s interesting that the top fastest-growing social apps are completely independent of any …

Facebook Reportedly Building New Snapchat Competitor Facebook Reportedly Building New Snapchat Competitor

It appears that Facebook hasn’t yet given up on its dream of having its own app for ephemeral messaging. According to a new report from Financial Times, the company is very close to launching yet another attempt at a Snapchat …

Snapchat Has to Be Thrilled with This Anecdote Snapchat Has to Be Thrilled with This Anecdote

What’s so terrifying that it’ll make high-school students panic like they’re seven and someone just took away their recess? Apparently, it’s not a giant zit on prom night or the revelation of a secret burn book. It appears that the …

Messaging Apps Are Taking Over Mobile Messaging Messaging Apps Are Taking Over Mobile Messaging

Over the past two years, mobile messaging apps such as WhatsApp and SnapChat have become some of the most popular mobile apps around. Signs are even appearing that the messaging app segment may be taking the place of traditional social …

Snapchat Updates App, Says It's Sorry Snapchat Updates App, Says It's Sorry

Snapchat announced that it has finally released an update for its Android and iOS apps, which enables users to opt out of linking their phone numbers with their user names. The news comes roughly a week after a massive security …

SnapChat Security Breach Leaks Phone Numbers SnapChat Security Breach Leaks Phone Numbers

If you are a SnapChat user, be aware that a recent security breach could make you vulnerable to identity theft or at the very least, cause your passwords, usernames and phone numbers to be leaked. SnapChat hasn’t said much about …

Snapchat Talks Breach, Updates App Snapchat Talks Breach, Updates App
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As you’re probably aware, Snapchat was the target of a massive security breach that compromised 4.6 million usernames and phone numbers. The company has since responded to the problem both with an interview for the Today show and a blog …

Instagram Direct Launches For Private Photo Sharing Instagram Direct Launches For Private Photo Sharing

Instagram announced the launch of a new private photo sharing feature called Instagram Direct. It operates pretty much like the Instagram experience that people are used to, but lets users share photos with specific recipients. “From how you capture photos …

Snapchat Snags Instagram Business Head to be New COO Snapchat Snags Instagram Business Head to be New COO

As ephemeral messaging app Snapchat fends off offers from major social networking players, the company has just made a pretty significant hire. According to All Things D, Snapchat has poached former Facebook director and Instagram business head Emily White to …

Facebook Downplays Problems With Teens Facebook Downplays Problems With Teens
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When Facebook released its quarterly earnings report a few weeks ago, CFO David Ebersman brought up a decrease in young teen engagement during the conference call. “I want to say a few words about youth engagement on Facebook,” he said. …

Instagram May Get Private Messaging By Year’s End Instagram May Get Private Messaging By Year’s End
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Twitter has direct messaging. Facebook has Facebook messenger. Instagram has…no equivalent. If you want to say something to another Instagram user, everyone else is going to see it too. As of right now, Instagram has no private messaging function. That …

Facebook Tried To Buy Snapchat For $3 Billion Facebook Tried To Buy Snapchat For $3 Billion
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Snapchat reportedly turned down a $3 billion (or more) acquisition by Facebook. The private messaging company must really think it’s on to something special. Facebook must think so too. That’s three times what it paid for Instagram. This piece of …

Facebook Appears To Be Losing The Teens Facebook Appears To Be Losing The Teens
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The kids aren’t digging Facebook as much as they used to be. That’s the message that has been coming through the blogosphere, and finally, even kind of admitted by Facebook itself. Do you think Facebook is at risk of losing …

Twitter Reportedly Rethinking Private Messaging Twitter Reportedly Rethinking Private Messaging

Twitter is reportedly considering expanding its private messaging offerings. Earlier this week, the company started rolling out a new feature that lets users receive direct messages from users they don’t follow. Historically, the feature has only worked when a user …

Your Unopened Snapchats Are Being Given to Police Your Unopened Snapchats Are Being Given to Police
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If you’re unaware that pretty much everything you do online is probably being tracked by someone, and all of the companies that house the content that you upload, post, tweet, and send on a daily basis routinely give it up …

Jim Cramer: Snapchat May Be Used for Insider Trading Jim Cramer: Snapchat May Be Used for Insider Trading

Snapchat, the ephemeral messaging app that’s gaining quite the following, has been accused of facilitating some risque communications. When it first launched, it quickly garnered the reputation as being a “sexting” app for teens. You see, Snapchat allows users to …