Instagram Stories vs. Snapchat Stories

Instagram and Snapchat are both undoubtedly the most famous, interactive sharing social media platforms known to people today. While Instagram is considered for more exclusive and selective sharing, people don’t mind getting goofy on Snapchat adding glimpses from their everyday life in a series of videos and photos that disappear after 24 hours of posting. So in a bold and brazen move that left the mobile application development community shocked globally, Instagram launched their own version of “Stories” that is almost identical to Snapchat’s feature by the same name.

Instagram co-founder and CEO Kevin Systrom didn’t even deny copying Snapchat when confronted about the shocking similarities. He blatantly accepted that Snapchat served as an inspiration for Instagram Stories feature. He said that story is a format and it’s a feature that was bound to pop up in other social networks like Facebook’s newsfeed feature. When it first launched, every other social media network wanted to adapt that feature into their application. He further said that “Instagram is built around highlights, with stories feature; we are attempting to fill in the blank space in between and becoming more about visual expression in general. We are capturing all the world’s moments, not just the best ones”.

Filling in the Void:

Instagram started out as a medium for sharing photos but with time, this platform has evolved into an exclusive insight on an individual’s life where only the highlights or glamour shots are shared. Some users don’t post for weeks or months just because they think nothing Instagram-worthy has happened in their life. On the other hand, Snapchat created a feature which allows its users to be open and share more frequent and candid shots without worrying about spamming their friend’s newsfeed or leaving behind a permanent photo that would live on their profiles forever. Instagram describes its stories feature as a way to encourage sharing moments that don’t meet the psychological bars of the typical Instagram post. Nevertheless Instagram proved itself trendy in terms of being a social media application, fortunately, or unfortunately the world believes in ideas shared and sometimes even copied — at least that is the trend followed across the globe and even amongst small and big app development services in the USA.

Let’s Compare:

Snapchat users are surprisingly receptive towards Instagram stories while some claiming Instagram’s feature to be better than Snapchat’s. We tried the features ourselves and compared them side by side so you can decide which is better!

- Shooting a Story:

Both the apps let users post videos and photos up to 10 seconds long. Snapchat will let you take a snap or a video with the push of a single button whereas on Instagram you can access the camera by swiping left on your feed or by tapping the plus sign on the top left corner of the screen.

- Viewing Stories:

Instagram shows the stories in a row at the top on your main feed in the order of your friends who you interact with the most, unlike Snapchat stories that show on the separate screen by swiping right where the stories are ranked chronologically with the most recently updated ones on top.

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- Doodles:

Instagram is one step ahead of Snapchat when it comes to drawing tools. Instagram has a more organized color palette to choose from, unlike Snapchat’s slider tool. Instagram also has three different pen types i.e. pen, market, and neon whereas Snapchat only has a single pen type available currently.

- Emojis:

Instagram currently only offers to add emoji via the text bar, unlike Snapchat stickers that can be anywhere in your image.

- Adding old photos to your stories:

Both the apps let you add old photos to your stories but they both have different criteria. Instagram only lets its users add a picture or a video that’s 24 hours old whereas lets you save anything from that is saved in memories folder.

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- Messaging:

Messaging is almost identical on both these apps. You can simply swipe up on any snap to send a message.

Conclusion: The stories features of both the applications are eerily similar to each other but Instagram has a cleaner look and is considered more user-friendly. That being said, Instagram stories are missing the selfie filter lenses that snapchatters are obsessed with (Dog filter and Flower crowns anyone?). In conclusion, both applications have their own personality and it really comes down to the matter of preference!