Instagram last Tuesday wowed its users when it introduced a “stories” this was followed by very long description of how this feature would be useful on the social media interface.
Halfway into the description and anyone who has minimal knowledge on Snapchat would admit that it immediately reminded them of the social media app Snapchat.
Even before Snapchat could raise an accusing finger, the internet was on fire about the tag of war that Instagram had instigated. It wouldn’t be the first time that Snapchat and Instagram would be involved in this kind of enmity involving direct messaging and filtering of photos. Both Snapchat and Instagram have been accused of copying each other, and neither is Facebook left out either.
During an interview, Instagram CEO and co-founder Kevin Systrom admittedly said “other companies deserve all the credit” for the concept. In the same vein, Snapchat had in early July been accused of imitation when it rolled out the “Memories” feature that allows users to permanently store photos and videos for future reference, creating a flare of beef against its major rival Instagram.
In a world of seemingly slow innovation lately, copy cats are becoming the order of the day. Earlier today, job-connection master website LinkedIn released a You-tube like video feature to a limited number of its users. Whether this was a temporary experimental attempt we don’t know yet. But who are we fooling; they say imitation is the clearest form of flattery. We can only hope that YouTube and Snapchat felt the flattery warm heatedly.
A former Snapchat User said;
“Well it’s time to delete my Snapchat and make space on my phone, since Instagram is basically the same thing now”
What do you say, will you ditch Snapchat for Instagram or use both apps? Tell us your thoughts below.