TechBuzz: Instagram Inches One Step Closer To Snapchat Territory

In August, Instagram added their "new" disappearing photo feature called Stories which is borderline identical to the app Snapchat.

The photo app has now added the function to add stickers to your "stories," which moves Instagram one step closer to being pretty much identical to Snapchat.

Today, we're introducing a set of tools to help you add context and creativity to your story: stickers, holiday fun and more. No matter where you are or what you're up to, you can add context to your story with stickers. After you've taken a photo or video, you'll see a new stickers button next to the text and drawing tools. Tap the smiley face to find customizable stickers for weather, the current time and even your location. It's easy to make stickers your own: move them around, make them bigger or smaller and choose from different styles to match your mood. And you can add as many stickers as you want to any part of your story. You'll see a set of holiday stickers available for the next few weeks, and keep an eye out for even more stickers to ring in the new year! You'll also find three other improvements: a new 'Hands-Free' option in the format picker lets you record a video without having to press and hold; you can add as many pieces of text as you'd like to a photo or video; and, on iOS, you can save your entire story to your camera roll as a single video. To learn more about today's updates, check out These updates for Instagram Stories are available as part of Instagram version 10.3 available for iOS in the Apple App Store and for Android in Google Play.

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As of right now, the only difference that we can point out is that when you add photos from the last 24 hours to Instagram, the photos do not rotate. They pop up facing vertical and zoomed in, rather than rotating them horizontal, so if you choose to use this function, you'll have to rotate it manually before upload if you don't want it zoomed in.

Snapchat rotates the photos automatically. If you haven't added photos from the last 24 hours from Instagram, you can do so from sliding up or down in the photo frame of the Stories button.


See examples below:

Snapchat Live Stories Window With "Last 24 Hours" Bar (Screehshot: Amy Cooper)



Photo Uploaded VIA Last 24 Hours, Zooms In On Horizontal Photos Without Rotation (Screenshot: Amy Cooper)


Snapchat Insert Photo From Camera Roll Function, Rotates Horizontal Photos To Vertical For Optimal Viewing (Screenshot: Amy Cooper)



Once Instagram gets to rotating, the apps will be pretty doggone identical!


Mary Brooke Beasley has a healthy obsession with all things related to cats, fashion, and the color pink! She mainly writes trending topics, celebrity gossip, and lifestyle pieces.

Co-Written by Amy Cooper, who is the type of journalist that when asked "What do you bring to the table," she replies "I am the table.