Shots App - The Comedy App

App review by
Patricia Montic..., Common Sense Media
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Social network features the funny, not the follower count.

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Ease of Play

It's easy to post photos and videos but not immediately obvious how to share content from other social media platforms. 

Violence

Depends on your friends' posts and what happens to come up in the Funny feed.

Sex

Depends on your friends' posts and what happens to come up in the Funny feed.

Language

Depends on your friends' posts and what happens to come up in the Funny feed.

Consumerism

Depends on your friends' posts and what happens to come up in the Funny feed.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Depends on your friends' posts and what happens to come up in the Funny feed.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Shots App - The Comedy App is a social network that's had several iterations: It once focused almost exclusively on selfies and was backed by Justin Bieber. Now it focuses on the quality of funny posts rather than the quantity of reactions. There's no posted follower count for any user, and it's only possible to comment on entries with four friendly, encouraging emojis. Posts that receive the most "funny" emoji reactions land in the app's "Funny" feed, which users can browse to find especially LOL-worthy content. You can upload directly from your other social media accounts (such as Twitter and Instagram) or shoot photos and videos within the app. Note that a public "radar" search to find nearby users and access to the pubic "Funny" news feed might make this an iffy choice for younger teens. Read the app's privacy policy to find out about the types of information collected and shared.

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What's it about?

SHOTS APP - THE COMEDY APP is a social network geared toward sharing laugh-worthy content. Once you create your account, you can sync your contacts from your device or search manually for friends, and you can search and browse public posts. Your news feed automatically includes videos from the app's developer; two feature puppets giving helpful, cute walkthroughs of the app's features. There are three main screens: Home, Camera, and Chats. The Home screen includes your main feed with options to add a friend (via a "Radar" feature that spots nearby users) or browse the "Funny" feed. Camera lets you shoot photos or videos and share them, and Chat lets you connect with your friends who are also registered users. Posts shared directly from Shots show up as photos or videos, while posts shared from other social media platforms only show up as links. Reacting to posts involves choosing one of four positive emojis, and posts across the platform that receive the most joy emojis (laughing with tears) will show up in the Funny feed, which is public to all users.

Is it any good?

It's refreshing to see a social-networking tool designed to combat some of the negative behavior that can make other social networks so toxic, and it's fun but not foolproof. On the upside, the only ways to react are positive, and the currency on this platform is comedy, not a high follower count or comments. Still, this isn't a walled garden of kind online behavior. If you follow the links to other social networks, posts from other platforms and their comments sections are only a click away, and it's still possible to see some hateful language and nasty behavior. There's also no good way to filter for inappropriate content, especially on the Funny feed, and the Radar search feature is a sketchy way to find other users nearby, though you can turn it off in the device's settings. Overall, there's great spirit and some good execution behind this app, but it still might be an iffy choice for kids.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what and how they share online. We have some great tips on safety and being a good digital citizen.

  • Talk about how text and pictures posted in a public forum are forever: Though it may not seem like a big deal to post something, it's important to remember the potential lasting effects, particularly how that information can show up again online.

  • Discuss whether or not comments and a follower count change a social media experience. Does this app feel different from Instagram? Why, or why not?

App details

For kids who love social networking and humor

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