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Instagram introduces Snapchat-like feature called 'Stories'

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Felix Bryan | 04 August, 2016, 05:36

With a new update today, Instagram now lets you share moments of your day in slideshow format, which are stitched together like a story and disappear after 24 hours. Just like Snapchat Stories, Instagram Stories enable users to post photo and video slideshows that will disappear after 24 hours. Instagram Stories introduces a new bar on top of your feed where you'll find the profile pictures of people who you are following.

Viewing the story is as simple as tapping on their profile photo, with navigating backwards or forwards done with a tap - with swiping allowing you to just to the next person. Users can tap back and forward to see the different Stories, and then swipe ahead to see another person's Story. Users can comment on stories in a private message via Instagram Direct, but, unlike regular posts, they are not enabled for likes or public comments.

Some users are calling Instagram out on social media for being a copycat. Users can even add drawings and text over these Stories too. For example, if an account's settings are limited to private, only people following an account will see its stories.

Snapchat also has a "Story" feature that works in a similar way. "When there's something new to see, their profile photo will have a colourful ring around it", Instagram wrote in a blog post on Tuesday. In fact, other than a few minor tweaks to Instagram's, the features are nearly exactly the same. As of right now, the only thing Snapchat offers that Instagram doesn't is the infamous face filters.

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If you're confused by that, just think Snapchat on Instagram. Keep an eye out for the update and even more annoying notifications. You can also upload from already existing photos or videos.

It's one of several changes coming to Instagram. New features like this could bag a few million more as they will get to use all features in a single app.

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