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Facebook No Longer Makes You Use Slingshot’s Only Unique Feature

Facebook Slingshot

Facebook on Friday updated its Slingshot chat app to make its bold, “pay to play” mechanic optional. If you’re not familiar with the app, until now, Slingshot asked you to send a photo before you could “unlock” the one you just received. Now, after taking a shot, you can choose if it will be “locked” or “unlocked.” It’s worth noting that your choice sticks, so you don’t need to change it every time you take a shot. With the mechanic turned off, Slingshot is effectively a much more straightforward clone of Snapchat — you can send off photos and videos that disappear after friends have seen them. The app’s innovative React camera, which lets you quickly reply to a friend’s shot, still sets the app apart from Snapchat and other apps, but, without its unique sharing mechanic, the app doesn’t feel like it’s meant for anything.

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Shelly Palmer is the host of Fox Television’s "Shelly Palmer Digital Living" television show about living and working in a digital world. He is Fox 5′s (WNYW-TV New York) Tech Expert and the host of United Stations Radio Network’s, MediaBytes, a daily syndicated radio report that features insightful commentary and a unique insiders take on the biggest stories in technology, media, and entertainment.