As an immense number of apps come out every day, it’s important to know when to stop. This is also the case for companies whose fortune stands at over 10 digits. For this reason, Facebook kills off a number of apps, shuts down Creative Labs.
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We are living in an age of constant progress. And anyone who fails to rise up to their potential is, inevitably, just going to get dragged down and drown under a sea of hundreds of thousands, if not millions of other people attempting the same thing. We truly are experiencing the survival of the fittest.
And thus, it’s no wonder that when Facebook’s Creative Labs program failed to develop apps that captured the public’s attention, it was swiftly and silently removed.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has, without any fanfare, killed off the initiative that allowed employees to attempt to come up with experimental apps. Previous apps that were a result of the program were removed from the app markets.
Slingshot was Facebook’s variant of Snapchat, allowing users to send short-lived photos to each other. As Snapchat was the more popular of the two, Slingshot just failed to gain momentum.
Rooms was sort of an interesting app, allowing users to partake in a modern version of the early internet chat rooms, however it didn’t really catch on either.
Riff was sort of a Vine app, allowing users to make short videos, based on a certain team. Just like the other apps resulting from the Creative Labs department, it failed to interest enough people, and was killed along with its creative initiative.
The company has been known to do this: they tend to start a new initiative, or program, only to quickly abandon it once they do not yield results.
Previously, Facebook has killed off multiple features and apps that failed to gain public interest. For example, their Poke and Camera apps were also quickly and silently executed, and so were the physical gift offerings everybody saw on Facebook, but never really cared about.
The company claims to continue to want to experiment with new apps, but they will perhaps try a different approach, since the old one didn’t yield any great results.
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