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Facebook is building Slingshot, an app like Snapchat

Everyone must be aware that Facebook offered Snapchat a $3 billion to buy the company. But unlike Whatsapp, they rejected it. Now this was a foolish idea where Snapchat seemed to be too overconfident. It’s quite certain that it can be replicated easily. And more so over by Facebook who has such a huge user base of 1.1billion users to be precise. Rather, Facebook is already out with plans to make a lookalike called Slingshot. Now this describes the fault that Snapchat made because their product can be replicated easily as well as advertised well in front of Facebook’s huge number of users.

Now coming to the copyright part, the concept of copyrights is that you cannot copy the code or designs. Except for code and designs, you cannot copy the exact idea. Again repeating the words ‘exact idea’. But yes you can copy the ‘general idea’ and make your own product and sell it. Just like Facebook did it to Orkut leaving them helpless. Furthermore, if they make this Slingshot, it won’t be a usual one like Snapchat. They will bring it out with some creative advantages making it irresistible for the users. Thus, Snapchat’s decision was definitely a mistake.

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However, let’s assume that the opposite happens. Suppose Facebook’s Slingshot doesn’t prove to be up to the mark and Snapchat retains it user base, it would be a huge loss for the company since it is investing a lot in the project. Secondly, it would be a huge insult to Facebook because the confidence they are showing now would be shattered to ground zero. Thereafter, it would be a proof that legal loopholes in these copyright acts cannot be used to the advantage of your rivals.

As per reports by ‘Financial Times’ this Sunday, the new app Slingshot might be launched by the end of the month. The cited the source as people working with the project. Anyways, Facebook said that it may do away with the project anytime.

Anyways, it is obvious that Slingshot is a direct competition to Snapchat. 

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    Hello Atish,

    I never know about this conversation and it’s shocked me that they refuse the offer. On the other hand it’s challenge for facebook to develop a slingshot and give a different look with same feature i am exciting and waiting for it. Thanks to share

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    I am bit Skeptical. We have to wait and see on how this app gets launched. Facebook other than its core app the other apps related to messaging and photo are mostly acquired and that shows the teams in house capability to generate new ideas which can make really waves is not really great!!!.

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    I think snapchat made a mistake here A big company like facebook can easily replicate app like snapchat and it will going to bang on market

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    Yes, I think it’s a foolish step from Snapchat. It’s not wrong that you confident about your individuality, but I think it was a golden opportunity, because obviously it could be beneficial for Snapchat too. But now it’s good luck to Snapchat.

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    Hey Atish Ranjan
    Well lets see what happens next as facebook is one of the top companies and now they already had whatsapp.with them.. So, its not a big deal for facebook to take over on snapchat… Just he did with orkut… Wish good luck to snapchat..
    Thank you sharing this info..
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