The newest app from Facebook/Instagram — leaked last week — Bolt, is official. The company announced Tuesday that Instagram Bolt has been launched for iOS and Android users in New Zealand, Singapore and South Africa. Bolt is a way for people to quickly share images via one-on-one messaging, somewhat similar to the most recent app Facebook launched, Slingshot.
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Facebook is looking for users of its new Slingshot photo- and video-sharing application to join a panel and take part in a three-month study.
Facebook users who want to send and receive messages via their iOS and Android devices will soon only be able to do so via the social network’s Messenger applications, as messaging will be removed from its flagship applications for both operating systems, Facebook confirmed to TechCrunch.
Facebook’s tendency to brand its new applications and features with names that are already in use in the tech sector appears to have been adopted by its Instagram unit, as well, as Andrew Benton, co-founder and CEO of mobile voice app Bolt, penned a blog post in the form of a “Dear Instagram” letter to the Facebook-owned photo- and video-sharing network over its apparent plans to launch a photo-messaging app called Bolt.
The second man to walk on the moon became one of the first users of the new Facebook Mentions application for public figures, and astronaut Buzz Aldrin also participated in a question-and-answer session at the social network’s headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif., Friday.
Facebook announced in its Form 10-Q filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission last week that it was extending its deadline to close its acquisition of messaging service WhatsApp by one year, to Aug. 19, 2015.
Arranging a ride home via Facebook Messenger? It could be possible down the road, as Re/code reported that Facebook Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Uber CEO Travis Kalanick have engaged in preliminary discussions about adding the service, which matches available cars and riders, to the messaging application.
Did Instagram repeat the mistake its parent company made when Facebook prematurely released its Slingshot video-sharing application? TechCrunch reported that some Android Instagram users were seeing banner ads for a one-tap photo messaging app called Bolt, but the “free” button to presumably download the app took users to a dead Google Play URL.