Fb has launched a new teens-only social app referred to as “Lifestage” that asks customers to create profiles via importing video clips in place of filling in text fields.
The standalone app is geared toward Excessive faculty kids elderly 21 and under, and does not require a Facebook account. Customers are requested to pick out their High school and are then proven video profiles of humans at the equal school or ones close by, so long as as a minimum 20 human beings from the same faculty use the app.
User profiles ask kids to add videos of their “glad face”, “sad face”, likes, dislikes, pleasant friend, the way they dance, and more, and Lifestage turns the clips into a video profile that others can then watch at the app’s social feed.
Even as there may be no limit on who can download the app and create an account, everyone 22 or older will only be able to see their personal profile, although Lifestage notes all through sign-up that it can’t confirm that customers are the age they say they are. The app includes diverse fantastically visible blocking and reporting options, reputedly to defend in opposition to the opportunity of suspect users.
TechCrunch reports that the app become designed by Michael Sayman, a 19-year-old Fb product supervisor who targets to copy Fb’s unique incarnation as a college pupil community. “I wanted to work on an app that my demographic could relate to, or as a minimum that my friends could need to apply,” said Sayman.
The launch of Lifestage is actually consistent with Mark Zuckerberg’s said aim of setting video on the coronary heart of all of Facebook’s apps and services, however it also factors to the organisation’s persevering with problem at Snapchat’s surging popularity among younger users, which has already led Fb to mimic numerous of the app’s functions in its photo-targeted social presenting, Instagram.
Time will inform whether Lifestage succeeds in attracting a more youthful crowd, or goes the identical manner as Poke, Slingshot, Paper, and Notify, all of which Fb finally binned following a lack of uptake.