Instagram has officially released their latest update: stories. If that sounds familiar, it’s because it is. Snapchat stories are basically the exact same thing.
Instagram stories last 24 hours (just like on Snapchat) and they can be up to ten seconds in length. Although with the new Insta version you can pause a story by holding your finger on it, as well as go back within the story by swiping. An interesting new feature.
The ‘stories’ feature is on the top of your Instagram homepage, friends’ stories appear in circles at the top (see number 2 below), but they’re placed in relevance to you, rather than who posted most recently. A feature that may be helpful for those of us who follow a large number of celebs as well as our friends. Next to the 1. is where you click to add your own story.
Although your story is not a permanent part of your profile, you will be able to feature parts of your story on your profile. Worried everyone will see it? If your profile is private only the people who follow you can see the story. AND you can select people who won’t be able to see the story. That’s right, you can share to your followers while still excluding one or two. Is this good news or bad?
Just like Snapchat you’ll be able to see who viewed your story. But unlike Snapchat you won’t know if someone took a screen shot. So you better watch what you post.
Plus, like Snapchat you can write and draw on the photo/video. However, these features seem to be easier to use. Instagram also has three different tools that you can use to draw, unlike Snapchat that just uses one. A marker, a paint brush, and ‘glowing ink’ can be used to transform the photo. Why didn’t Snapchat think of that?
Overall the feature is very much like Snapchat with a few changes. (We’re not sure if that’s good or bad). Will this be the death of Snapchat? Probably not.