These Are The 12 Biggest Flops Of Facebook

Technology companies are no cowards when it comes to experimentation.

Facebook Stories

Facebook Stories

Soon after Facebook unveiled Stories, a feature to rival Snapchat, it became apparent that no one was using the picture and video diary tool. Following the success of such features on Instagram and Snapchat, the lack of interest prompted some to question whether Facebook had lost its fun

Facebook Slingshot

Facebook Slingshot

Another attempt to kill off Snapchat with Facebook features, the company launched Slingshot in 2014. The ephemeral photo and video messaging app forced users to reply to messages before opening them. It was pulled in 2015 as the company shut down a host of its Creative Labs apps

Facebook Home

Facebook Home

Facebook Home was a skin for Android phones that replaced the home screen with a tool for sharing and viewing Facebook material. It had a poor reception leading the company to neglect to update it since 2013

Faceboook Free Basics

Faceboook Free Basics

Facebook's Free Basics was an internet service designed to give millions of unconnected people living in India free access to certain websites including Facebook, the BBC, Wikipedia, local news, weather forecasts and health information sites. India's regulator swiftly banned the service for promoting some sites over others and infringing on net neutrality

Facebook Rooms

Facebook Rooms

A group chat feature designed to bring people together around interests and topics, Rooms was a standalone app released in 2014. It was pulled from stores along with other Creative Labs products, but has recently resurfaced as a feature in Messenger. It remains to be seen if it will fare better the second time around

Facebook Marketplace

Facebook Marketplace

Facebook's Marketplace was met with skepticism when it launched in 2016 with a host of ridiculous products, including weapons, drugs and scams. It has received less-than-positive reviews leading some to wonder how long the social network will keep it going for 

Facebook Beacon

Facebook Beacon

Facebook Beacons were a way for companies to better target their customers. However when they were found to be tracking users even when they weren't logged into the platform, a privacy outcry prompted them to be pulled

Facebook Credits

Facebook Credits

Facebook Credits was a virtual currency designed to be spent on the social platform. It never really took off outside of in-Facebook games though. It was killed early on in 2013

Facebook Riff

Facebook Riff

Riff was an app that let friends add clips to create collaborative videos. It was another Creative Labs casualty shut in 2015 

Facebook Gifts

Facebook Gifts

Early on Facebook would help users send their friends and family real life gifts. They could click and send anything from a bunch of flowers to gift cards. It was closed in 2014 so the company could focus on creating a buy button and commerce platform

Facebook Paper

Facebook Paper

Back in 2014 Facebook launched a news reading app called Paper to rival the likes of Google and Apple when it came to news. Although critics praised its design, the app failed to attract readers and was shut down two years later

Facebook Notify

Facebook Notify

In an attempt to bombard users' devices with endless notifications, the social media giant released Notify in 2015. The notifications app claims to deliver timely prompts about information relevant to users, such as news, sports scores and daily meditation prompts. It was killed a year later as the company decided to push Messenger

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