So I finally updated Instagram and I’m comparing it to SnapChat. So far, so good, I’m impressed but there are some things that will keep you coming back to Snapchat but also keep you spending more time on Instagram.
Most on Instagram already have an established following:
I have people following me on IG that I don’t even know. It’s like Twitter, it’s not difficult for people to find users that they are interested in using #hashtags or what not. Being fairly new to Snapchat, my following has been pretty much limited to those who personally know me , that are in my contacts, or are really curious to see what I’m doing and have searched for my “code”. And being an “average joe” that’s only a few people.
IG CELEBS are jumping on board quick!:
For those IG (*instagram) celebs who are still building their Snapchat following, they now have the option to just communicate in one app. That saves time. One major celeb I follow (Nyle Dimarco ) has already chosen to do a Wednesday sign language lesson through IG Stories. That gives me one more reason to check him out (that and he’s hella sexy) .
It’s added the ability to draw and add text to pics and videos:
This is new for Instagram. As a writer, sometimes I am more comfortable writing my feelings versus speaking them. So for me, it adds even another bit of functionality in my creative communication.
Sorry folks, If you want silly dog masks and googly glasses you still have Snapchat for that. IG is not going there, but feel free to download them and add them to IG if you want your larger following to see it.
It may take away from the actual IG NewsFeed:
There’s a lot going on with the app now. As more people contribute, you’ll now have to decide if you’re going to spend your “toilet time” liking photos or going through the IG stories. Snapchat doesn’t have a newsfeed, so there’s only one option. How will this affect the IG algorithm that they just changed recently? Only time will tell.
Before IG stories could get off the ground you have die-hard Snapchatters hating it, and rightfully so. They literally stole the idea. Some stories I’ve seen so far are people’s snapchat codes or posts that they will not be using it (even though they used it to tell us that…hmmm)
Overall, we can only wait to see how this will work out. Snapchat was successful because the younger generation was trying to get away from their parents on Facebook. Instagram has an entire different audience of people who feel no need to download another “photo app” to communicate and don’t understand it. I feel, that if you love Snapchat, it’s not going anywhere. If you don’t understand Snapchat (which has had complaints at not being user friendly) then Instagram stories may be a nice beginner’s class. That’s the beauty of the interweb… there’s something for everyone.