Published: Thu, August 10, 2017
Electronics | By Jesus Weaver

Lifestage, the Facebook App You Didn't Know Existed, Has Met Its End

Lifestage, the Facebook App You Didn't Know Existed, Has Met Its End

The shutdown of the app was reported earlier by Business Insider.

Facebook has retired two apps, Groups and Lifestage, the latter a social networking platform mainly for high schoolers, which failed to get traction since its release previous year. Only those aged under 21 could sign up to the app, although ages could easily be faked, leading to privacy concerns. In a statement to Business Insider, a Facebook spokesperson commented that the company has "learned a lot from Lifestage" and will "continue to incorporate these learnings into features in the main Facebook app".

Lifestage allowed users to search for their local high school and discover classmates, then chat with each other primarily through photos or videos, hence why it's been most often compared with Snapchat.

Lifestage was actually pulled from the App Store (an Android version was never released) on August 4th, several days before it appears anyone actually noticed it was gone, which should give a rough indication of the state of things.

Facebook has chose to permanently shut down two standalone apps: Groups and Lifestage. With 250 million daily users, Instagram and its Stories feature has now surpassed Snapchat's 166 million.

While the dedicated Facebook Groups mobile app will be discontinued, Facebook says its features will now be available in the company's main app. At the start of this month Lifestage was ranked at 1,392 in the free app chart in the App Store in the US, and was unranked on Google Play. Groups, an app Facebook launched in 2014 for iOS and Android, has also been shut down.

"We appreciate your understanding while we work on making groups even better". That's OK because chances are you weren't allowed to use it. This move is a bit more surprising: Facebook put a lot of focus on the popular feature and said it was used by 1 billion people.

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