Facebook Pulls The Plug On Creative Labs, Slingshot No Longer Available To Download
Facebook has just announced that it is shutting down its Creative Labs division (not to be confused by the sound card manufacturer Creative) which was responsible for apps like Slingshot, Room, Riff and Paper. With the shuttering of Creative Labs, at least some of these apps will also be closed down.
Creative Labs was Facebook’s venture into startup-like scenario where all the employees had to do was create innovative and unique apps without any boundaries. Whether they managed to create such apps or not is a different story but the division still did manage to create some fun apps, albeit not necessarily unique.
The Slingshot app was Facebook’s version of Snapchat and had a somewhat decent amount of users while Rooms, an attempt to restart the dead trend of chat rooms was an absolute disaster. This is one app, that pretty much everyone would agree on should be shut down. Riff, on the other hand, was an interesting new venture into collaborative videos.
Unfortunately, none of the apps had been updated in quite some time and none had garnered much of a following, so Facebook is scrapping it all. As of now, Slingshot, Rooms, and Riff have been removed from both the iOS App Store and Google Play, but Rooms will continue to function for those who use the app until December 23rd. Paper is still available to down on both stores.
Slingshot continues to work for those who have it installed and there is no word on when the service will be discontinued. There is also the possibility of it being merged into WhatsApp since Facebook now owns the popular instant messaging service.