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.
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.
Slingshot, the photo- and video-sharing application released by Facebook last month, is one of the components of the social media campaign backing the digital video-on-demand re-release of feature film Affluenza by FilmBuff, a company that buys and distributes independent narrative films and documentaries.
Music fans have embraced concert-discovery application Bandsintown, and now the company is targeting artists and managers with its new app, Bandsintown Manager, aimed at allowing them to manage their social presences via their devices.
Facebook released updated version of its Pages Manager applications for iOS and Android, featuring easier access to tools for page administrators, quicker navigation to page activity and insights, and more direct access to its action bar.
The second application from Facebook Creative Labs, Slingshot, was officially released Tuesday after a brief cameo last week, and what is being billed as the social network’s answer to Snapchat is available for iPhones running iOS 7 via the iTunes App Store, and for Android devices running Jelly Bean and KitKat via Google Play.
Facebook released new versions of its flagship applications for iOS and Android Wednesday, with the iOS app adding some unannounced tweaks to its recently introduced opt-in Nearby Friends feature, while the major addition to the Android app was the ability for users to like posts, photos, and pages while they are offline.