Instagram Stories Is A Snapchat-Like Experience, Facial Recognition Filters Coming Next?

Aug 2, 2016 12:50 EDT

Today, Instagram barged in on a feature first introduced by Snapchat - Introducing Instagram Stories. The feature allows users to compile a series of photos into an individual stream of photos. It's no brainer where Instagram got its inspiration from. The inspiration is so immense that the company didn't even took the liberty to name it differently. Let's just take a moment and see how Instagram Stories differ than that of Snapchat's.

Instagram Stories Will Be Available Globally In The Next Few Weeks

To begin using Instagram Stories, simply choose from the top navigation bar that includes your list of friends or some popular Instagram accounts. When someone adds a new video or photo to their Story, a colored ring would appear around their profile avatar. Moreover, you are not bestowed with the ability to either like or comment on a Story. However, Instagram Direct is one of the ways available for making a comment on the photo or video shared in the Story.

Instagram Stories

The only thing that you will be able to see is the list of people who viewed your Story. To view, all you have to do is swipe up from the bottom and the list will appear, which is more or less the same way Snapchat users do to see views. A bunch of privacy settings are also available in the feature. You have the ability to adjust who sees your Stories and whether or not you want to make them disappear after 24 hours.

Instagram Stories

As we have mentioned earlier, Instagram Stories do more or less the same job as Snapchat. Moreover, Instagram's new addition to its table would be the introduction of the full screen view rather than a box carrying your photos. The shutter button is positioned in the same spot as you would find on Snapchat. We might not call it a total ripoff, but it's uncanny how both Instagram Stories and Snapchat feature edge-to-edge similarities.

Instagram Stories will begin rolling out globally over the next few weeks. The feature will be available to both iOS and Android. Instagram Stories could be the resultant affects of the company failing to acquire Snapchat previously. However, it might prove worthwhile for users who have flocked Snapchat for Instagram. Let's wait and watch what more features Instagram inherits from the likes of Snapchat.

This is it for now, folks. What do you think about Instagram Stories? What would you prefer if you're given a choice between Instagram Stories and Snapchat? Let us know in the comments.