Just three months ago, Facebook announced a brand new version of Slingshot, an app for sharing temporary photos and videos with friends (it’s sort of like Snapchat, but shared content only sticks around for 24 hours before disappearing forever). The company announced a new feature that aims to open up the service and make it more social.
Explore is basically a spotlight feature that will show you popular Slingshot users. From here you can discover new people to follow that you might not otherwise have known existed.
It’s a smart addition for fostering growth and engagement among users. Though Facebook has millions of active users logging on each day, most of them are logging on to talk to people they already know who are also on Facebook, too. Sign ups are just the first hurdle in launching any new service. Once a user is on board, you need to convince them to stay, which can be hard if their network is limited in size. Spotlighting popular users is a way to encourage users to branch out.
If you’re a regular Slingshot user, take note that your content could crop up in “Explore” if you’re not careful. If you’re looking for followers, you don’t have to fit a finger. If you don’t want to appear there, go to settings and switch on “Approve Followers.” This will prevent your stuff from showing up in Explore.
Slingshot launched in Canada last June just a few days after it debuted in the United States.