Facebook has of late made several attempts to win over Snapchat. Recently, Facebook added a Snapchat-like self-destructing message feature on its Messenger platform. But it didn’t stop at that. Facebook-owned Instagram has now borrowed a page from Snapchat as well. It has introduced a feature called Instagram Stories, which is an exact copy of Snapchat’s Stories, wherein users share photos and video with a self-destructing life span of 24 hours. Also Read - Snapchat launches new Creator Hub to educate users about its creative tools
While some would say the feature sounds similar to that of Snapchat, we say it’s a ditto lift and drop. The Instagram Stories also have text and drawing tools, and the option to use emojis as stickers on the posts. These stories will only appear at the top of the user feed and not show up in their profile grid or feed. Also, for users who have set their account to private, these stories will only be visible to their followers, they can also easily hide their entire story from anyone they don’t want to see it, even if they follow them. Also Read - Snapchat suffered a massive outage globally last night
Whenever another user updates their Instagram story, their profile pictures, in the bar at the top of the feed, will have a colorful ring around it. Again, much like Snapchat, the stories can be viewed by tapping on the round profile photo icons, and users can tap to go back and forward or swipe to jump to another person’s story. To comment on a picture or video, users can tap and send a private message to that person on Instagram Direct. Also, Instagram Stories can only be viewed and cannot be liked or commented upon. Also Read - Instagram testing a feature that will alert users of service outage
The only feature that Instagram has different from Snapchat is that the Instagram Stories allow users to choose to feature a particular part of their story by posting it on their profile. Instagram Stories has begun to roll out on both iOS and Android platform.