Facebook teen-in-residence defects to Google and launches “Lies”


At age 17, Michael Sayman used to be Facebook’s youngest worker ever. Having already introduced five apps, he wowed Mark Zuckerberg, earned a demo spot on degree at Facebook F8 convention, and scored a full-time engineering gig because the social community’s go-to youngster. Over the last 3 years, he helped Facebook check out to crack the center faculty marketplace with apps just like the now defunct Lifestage.

However in August he switched facets, leaving to pass paintings for Google. But his association hasn’t stopped the now-21-year-old Sayman from tinkering with apps all through his off-hours.

Nowadays he launches his newest, a minutiae recreation known as Lies the place you check out to wager the only true reality a couple of pal among an array of fibs. It follows the social mechanics of his first hit, 4Snaps, which used to be like Pictionary however the place you are taking 4 pictures as an alternative of drawing to get other people to wager the appropriate phrase.

Facebook is continuously accused of copying competition like Snapchat, however with Lies, Sayman is returning the want. Lies mimes the interface of tbh, the nameless youngster praise sharing app Facebook not too long ago obtained after it hit #1. “The idea came to me as an evolution of the past games I had created, as well as what I noticed was becoming popular on the App Store today.”

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In Lies, you first add your contacts, and then take a Tinder-style profile quiz the place you swipe sure or no about questions on your self. Then you definately’re given tbh-style four-choice questions on buddies with the function of appropriately guessing which tribia tidbit about them is correct. The statements vary from “I’ve gone skinny dipping” to “I’m afraid of crowds” to “I’ve kissed someone on the first date”.

When buddies solution questions on you, you get notified. “This game ends friendships” it announces, as you could be informed who doesn’t in reality know you or thinks the worst about you.

That’s about it. Sayman proudly says he constructed the app over simply two weekends earlier than becoming a member of Google, so it’s skinny and may nonetheless be slightly buggy. An Android model is within the works.

Michael Sayman grew up at Facebook. At the proper, him at age 17 with Mark Zuckerberg. At the left, him at 20 (he’s now 21).

Whilst a lovable thought, Lies might succumb to impatience and vainness. It takes a couple of mins of continuous self-interviewing to solution sufficient questions to fill your profile and unencumber the sport. Some teenagers might flake earlier than ever getting that some distance. And other people may lie when answering one of the crucial lewder or defamatory questions, like whether or not they’ve ever peed within the bathe or stolen cash from their grandparents. That breaks the sport as a result of buddies’ guesses are beside the point if the supply of fact is pretend information.

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You might want to see Lies because the devil-on-your-shoulder counterpart to the tbh angel. The racier questions may draw other people in, however the consistent dealing in shameful subjects may get onerous. Nonetheless, Lies is every other step against Sayman cracking the code with successful cell app. He’s been development them since he used to be 13. And with Snapchat, Facebook, Houseparty, and different startups all chasing the teenager marketplace, Sayman’s aggregate of juvenile and enjoy make him a scorching commodity.