Tuesday, 22 August, 2017

Facebook shuts down standalone app for teenagers, Lifestage

Facebook shuts down Lifestage, its teen-focused Snapchat clone Facebook has killed the Snapchat-like app for high schoolers it quietly released last year
Terence Owen | 10 August, 2017, 02:10

The difference with Lifestage, is rather than users having profile photos, the app invited users to record a series of videos and selfies depicting everything from likes, dislikes, friends, pets, dance moves and more.

One reason for Facebook giving up on Lifestage is that it no longer needs it to rival Snapchat. But the app was not updated regularly, failed to reach the top charts in the App Store, and didn't have the same sophistication of tech as Snapchat.

The app expanded to Android in October 2016 but never achieved mass adoption. This led to some privacy concerns at the time for a lot of users as well as Facebook. The limitations on its membership were meant to increase the privacy of its users, but content was public and there was no way to enforce the age rule.

While the app had never garnered much of a following, it wasn't until Business Insider reported its closure that others caught on. Facebook launched it in August 2016.

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Facebook has been trying to get users to post more video and has been releasing Snapchat-like features not only on the social network but on Instagram and its messaging apps. With Facebook Stories already available for all, it's easy to imagine Facebook implementing some of Lifestage's features. As Facebook slowly becomes more like Snapchat, it probably made no sense to continue supporting Lifestage - especially if there weren't that many users on it, to begin with.

"Because we're focusing on groups in the main Facebook app and on facebook.com, we are discontinuing the Facebook Groups app for iOS and Android", said Facebook. Thank you again for using the Facebook Groups app.

Did you like Lifestage? At the start of this month Lifestage was ranked at 1,392 in the free app chart in the App Store in the USA, and was unranked on Google Play. Feel free to sound off in the comments section below!

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