Lifestage is a new app developed by Facebook for teens only. The app, now available only for iOS, can be used by people aged 21 and below. Lifestage was created for high school kids and younger college adults to mingle with each other by sharing videos.
This Snapchat-like app was recently rolled out for iOS but Android users should expect it anytime soon. Anyone can download and use it because there’s no way Facebook can verify your age. However, it was developed for people under 21, and you’ll see why older individuals might not be that into the new app.
“Lifestage makes it easy and fun to share a visual profile of who you are with your school network. Simply capture into a field on your profile, then post it on your profile. Once your school is unlocked, you can access the profiles of others in your school community (and all over!) so you can get to know people better in your school and nearby schools, discover others who are into the same stuff you are, and connect with them,” reads Lifestage’s description.
Lifestage asks users for their facial expressions, likes, dislikes, and more. The uniqueness lies in the fact that you must answer with a video rather than text or photos. Teens can post anything they’re into and replace the video once they’ve changed their mind. There are dozens of fields in the profile that can be shared with classmates.
All the content posted in the app is always public, which might be an inconvenience. Users who want to install the Lifestage must be aware that both classmates and people from outside their school can view their videos. There is no way teens can limit the audience of their posts.
Teenagers who want to report rude or inappropriate behavior can simply swipe on a particular profile to block or report that person.
The app is the work of 19-year-old Michael Sayman, a young but skilled app developer. Sayman was only 13 when he made his first app, followed by several others. Three years later, he managed to catch Facebook’s attention. Mark Zuckerberg was impressed with the teenager and offered him a job shortly after their first meeting.
Facebook Lifestage can be downloaded from App Store and Android users will have to wait just a little more to get theirs.