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Facebook's new social messaging app Slingshot has a simple premise--take a photo or video and quickly share it with your friends. But the app has a twist in that you must first share a photo between you can see what your friends have sent you.

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The app's main screen is the camera viewfinder. There are controls at the bottom to turn on flash, switch between the front and back cameras, and a shutter to capture an image. You can also record video by holding down the shutter button.

When you're done capturing a photo, you can add text or draw on it with your finger.

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Once you're ready to share your photos or video (called a shot in the app) you pick the friends to send it to. You can send it just a few people, or everyone at once -- it's your choice.

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To see what your friends have sent you, you need to send something back. From the camera screen, you can swipe down to see your "locked" shots that need a reply before you can view them.

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This is what it looks like when you view a shot shared with you.

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If you tap on a photo or video that was shared with you, you'll be able to send back a photo or video response. Just follow the prompts at the bottom of the screen.

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