Facebook’s Slingshot just can’t compete with Yo

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Slingshot, Facebook’s second attempt to clone Snapchat, is now available worldwide — but the app’s already sliding down the App Store charts in the U.S.

After accidentally revealing Slingshot on June 9, and then formally lunching the app on June 17, it appears that Facebook’s ephemeral messaging service is neither a flop nor a splash. Singshot follows Facebook’s first ephemeral messaging app attempt, Poke, which was killed off in May.

Facebook’s Slingshot, backed by all that social networking might, is lagging behind Yo, a significantly less functional app that began as an April Fools’ Day joke. For fun, let’s compare the two, with data provided by app tracking site App Annie. Here’s Facebook’s Slingshot, which topped the charts at #46 overall in the U.S., and currently sits at the #32 spot among top photo and video apps.

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Next, here’s Yo, which topped the charts at #4 overall in the U.S., and current sits at the #4 spot among the top social networking apps.

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As a bonus, here’s Snapchat, which currently sits at the #10 spot overall in the U.S.:

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Of course, Yo’s success is as confusing as it is temporary. But it’s quite amusing to see Facebook, a social networking behemoth, lag far behind a joke app released over a similar time period.

But most importantly, even on launch Facebook’s Slingshot didn’t manage to draw attention away from Snapchat. For Facebook, it looks like Slingshot is strike two.

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Kelsey Hannan
Kelsey Hannan

It might help if Facebook actually allowed people not in the US to download Slingshot. We live in a global world now. Delaying release on the international stage does nothing but stunt your growth. A social app which is not international in scope is instantly a non-starter for me these days because my friends span numerous countries. I suspect that I'm not alone.

Miren Rathod
Miren Rathod

@venturebeat how much is the useless app "Yo" paying you to mention them any chance you get?

Tomi Hassan
Tomi Hassan

Crap .. shutup and go sit down .. what is "YO" ?

Ashish Singh
Ashish Singh

Haha. Facebook . Let the App world live by itself. We don't need you. We have WhatsApp. Which is now sadly yours. Anyhow. Leave.