Facebook has launched a new iOS app Lifestage – which asks users to fill in their biographical details and then turns them into a virtual profile video, sharing it instantly with their school networks.
Lifestage, a standalone iOS app for people under 21, asks users for their happy face, sad face, likes, dislikes, best friend, best book, the way they dance and more.
Users who are above the age of 21 can still make their profile using the app, but they would not be able to check the profiles made by others.That’s because it’s built for high schoolers to learn more about their classmates. A quick swipe lets you block and report people too in case anyone tries to creep on the kids. Users need to select their school name after signing up and the app shows other people’s profile to them only when at least 20 other students from the same school register on it.
The app allows users to discover video profiles created by others in their school and learn more about their colleagues, their shared interests and passions, Facebook announced in a blog post today.
Every time someone updates their page, it will show up in a feed prompting others to check it out, the post said.
Michael Sayman, is Facebook product manager and creator of Lifestage who taught himself to code at age 13 with tutorials he found on Google. His first product, a $1 app with tips for the Club Penguin game, earned thousands of dollars.
Mark Zuckerberg invitied Sayman to come visit Facebook, create a special presentation for its F8 conference, and eventually intern there.He’s spent the last two years getting acquainted with the social network and coming up with the idea for Lifestage. “I wanted to work on an app that my demographic would relate to, or at least that my friends would want to use.” Along with a team of three engineers and one design contractor, Sayman is now ready to ship his brainchild.