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

Facebook teen-in-residence defects to Google and launches Lies
From TechCrunch - November 15, 2017

At age 17, Michael Sayman was Facebooks youngest employee ever. Having already launched 5 apps, he wowed Mark Zuckerberg, earned a demo spot on stage at Facebook F8 conference, and scored a full-time engineering gig as the social networks go-to teen. Over the past three years, he helped Facebook try to crack the middle school market with apps like the now defunct Lifestage.

But in August he switched sides, leaving to go work for Google. Yet his arrangement hasnt stopped the now-21-year-old Sayman from tinkering with apps during his off-hours.

Today he launches his latest, a trivia game called Lies where you try to guess the one true fact about a friend amongst an array of fibs. It follows the social mechanics of his first hit, 4Snaps, which was like Pictionary but where you take four photos instead of drawing to get people to guess the right word.

Facebook is constantly accused of copying competitors like Snapchat, but with Lies, Sayman is returning the favor. Lies mimes the interface of tbh, the anonymous teen compliment sharing app Facebook recently acquired 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.

In Lies, you first upload your contacts, and then take a Tinder-style profile quiz where you swipe yes or no about questions about yourself. Then youre given tbh-style four-choice questions about friends with the goal of correctly guessing which tribia tidbit about them is true. The statements range from Ive gone skinny dipping to Im afraid of crowds to Ive kissed someone on the first date.

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