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Slingshot Crewview: Rocky

Hey there, Slingshot fans. We’re bringing you a behind-the-scenes interview with one of our crew members. Our resident rep Rose sat down with Rocky, Slingshot’s lead engineer, for our first Crewview.

-Who are you and how do you contribute to the Slingshot crew?
I’m Rocky and I’m an engineer on the Android app. I wrote the original prototype of Slingshot, but now I focus more on the shot viewing experience — which includes reactions and swiping through shots.

-What is your favorite part about Slingshot?
I like how it helps you stay close to the people you care about through rich media.

-How about your favorite shot to take or thing to sling?
When I’m taking a shot of my environment, I like to do a walking tour of wherever I am. Anyone can take a picture of a donut on a plate, but I try to make it an experience.

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-How has Slingshot impacted you?
Slingshot has enabled me to live more in the moment since that’s basically how the app works. [I’m] able to see a more genuine window into my friends’ lives.

-What is one of (I know we all have more than one) the best shots you’ve ever received?
The Andrei reaction because I was doing a normal face palm and he reacted with his hand and a look of rage on his face.

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-If you had to “tap to react” to a brand new puppy, what would your reaction be?
Video reaction of “awww” for fifteen seconds.

-What’s your go-to Slingshot pro-tip?
Taking a short video so it loops in a funny way. My favorite one was when I was taking a selfie and my buddy Rich [reacted with a] punch. It looped to look like he kept punching me and I kept coming back for more.

-Do draw sounds inspire you to dance? If so, what kind of dancing are we talking about?
Yes. It’s a subtle, almost subconscious, shoulder dance. You don’t know you’re doing it and you don’t even really need the music to play. It’s engrained in all of us…

-If you could sling a shot from anywhere in the world, where would it be?
Probably Antarctica for a video of a penguin sliding down a hill. *

Slingshot Spotlight: posteraday

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This is the first of our Slingshot Spotlight series, where we’ll be highlighting awesome members of the community for you to follow on Slingshot!

Who to follow: posteraday

Simon, the guy behind posteraday, brightens our day with his rainbow works of art, and we know that he’ll add color to yours too. To follow Simon, add the username posteraday on Slingshot then send him a hello shot!

Want to be in the spotlight? Let us know! Share your shots with @slingshotcrew on Twitter and Instagram!

Ready, Set, Update!

We’re unlocking new ways to share with our latest update:

  • Sling a shot to see a shot? Not necessarily! After shooting a photo or video, now you can choose whether to sling it as a locked or unlocked shot
  • More bug fixes

Have ideas or feedback about Slingshot? Let us know! You can find us on Twitter and Instagram at @slingshotcrew or on Facebook. 

Get Slingshot in the iOS and Android app stores at http://sling.me/download.

It Just Keeps Getting Better…

Slingshot, that is. New to the app? Seasoned fan? We’d like your feedback! Share your take with our team and help make Slingshot even better: on.fb.me/1rMwq1J

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Slingshot’s Latest Update

Today we’re releasing an update with a few tweaks we think you’ll enjoy:

  • See all your unlocked shots grouped by person
  • On iOS you can now invite people to get Slingshot via SMS, email or another service like Facebook or Twitter
  • Tap a notification to go straight to your list of shots
  • Squashed more bugs!

If you have ideas or feedback about Slingshot, let us know! You can find us on Twitter and Instagram at @slingshotcrew or on Facebook.

And as always, you can find Slingshot in the iOS and Android app stores at http://sling.me/download

Pro-Tip: Slingshot Your Phone!

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Behind every colorful pixel, there’s a shot waiting to be revealed. Why not transform your lock screen with one of Slingshot’s pixelated shots? This pro-tip comes to you from Jake:


1. Screenshot any vibrant shot while it is loading

2. Go to your phone’s camera roll and select the image, then set it as your wallpaper using the “lock screen” option

3. Enjoy your new Slingshot home screen each time you unlock your phone

Have your own Slingshot pro-tip? Share it with @slingshotcrew on Twitter or Instagram. We’d love to hear from you!

Introducing Reactions-to-Reactions and More

We’ve heard (and seen) how much people love reacting to shots in their feed. So why should the fun end after one reaction? Today we’re excited to announce that reactions to reactions are here! Starting today, you can reply to any reaction with a photo, video or text.

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We’ve also improved ways to find people you know who are on Slingshot. With the introduction of My People, now you can see everyone you’re slinging with in one place at any time. We’ve made finding Facebook friends and phone contacts who are also using the app more reliable.

Since our international launch, it’s been great for us to hear from people about what they’re loving and where we can improve. To everyone who has given us feedback so far: THANK YOU! Please keep it coming. We’re listening and working hard to make Slingshot as great as it can be. We’re happy about the latest changes and we’re looking forward to more.

Don’t have Slingshot yet? You can get it in your iOS and Android App Store here http://sling.me/download

If you love color as much as we do, this is a Slingshot pro-tip you’ll love: the rainbow drag & draw!

Here’s how to make your shots as colorful as Joseph’s technicolor dream coat:

1. After taking a shot, select “Draw”

2. Select a starting color and keep your finger on the selector (pro-pro tip? use your non-dominate hand to select the color)

3. Using your other hand, start to draw while dragging the color selector up and down

4. Voilà: RAINBOWS!

Even if you’re not ambidextrous (we definitely aren’t), you can sling some pretty trippy shots!