OH HELLO INSTAGRAM STORIES. UM SORRY SNAPCHAT.
Um. Hello. When did those little circle things at the top of my Instagram pop up? Overnight it seems.
For anyone who hasn't already seen it, Instagram has introduced Instagram Stories. And they will be rolling it out globally over the next few weeks.
Your 'story' only lasts for 24 hours. You can share photos and videos. You can send messages. Edit. Draw. Write. And you can choose who you share it all with. Hmmm. Sound familiar?
Well-played Instagram. Well-played.
Smooth? Yes. Sort of. Actually. No. But I do understand they had to do something to help squash the whispers of Instagram being on its way out.
Cool? Heck no. Totally not cool. A bit copy cat. Ok. A lot copy cat.
I was never a big Snapper. I even struggled with even signing up. To Snap or not to Snap was always my question. But I do feel a little sorry for Snapchat. I feel like defending the ‘smaller’ guy. They did all the groundwork. All the hard yards. And it seems someone bigger swooped on in and ripped it off. Dang.
Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom said “This isn’t about who invented something. This is about a format, and how you take it to a network and put your own spin on it.” Ah. Ok. Sure thing Kev-Dog.
Even though I am not stoked with the move... I’m kinda sort of looking forward giving it a red hot crack. I totally don’t want to like it. I’m still a tad annoyed at the whole algorithm shamoozle-shit-storm-online-melt-down. Even though I still don't understand it one hundred percent. And still am not sure how, or even if it has affected what I see, just when I see it. But heck. I might end up liking it. And from what I have heard already from people using it, dare I say... I think it might be better than ye olde Snapchat.
Why? Well firstly. It doesn't drain my battery power like kim-kayne-kendall-kourtney-kylie* drain my brain cells. Super fast. And without me even really noticing. Or paying attention.
Although both mess with yo' data if you aren't hooked up to wifi.
It is supposedly easier to use. For the old ducks like me. Once I give it a proper whirl and figure it all out.
It might make small businesses happy. Or at least happier. It could be a good way to stay relevant. To crack the code. The algorithm code. Because it's at the top of your feed. A good way to show behind the scenes. And one app. Your one-stop shop.
You can still message. Draw. Some filters. Write. And it has sweet neon light effects.
Plus. If you are a true-creepy-insta-stalker-type... you can watch and take a screenshot with the story maker being none the wiser. Total single white female shizzle fo nizzle.
But, I can't help wanting to stay loyal to Snap. They were here first. They were the pioneers. They gave something different a crack.
My little ladies and I enjoy the Snap. Although I don’t think Snapchat is really relevant to my blog, my style, my vibe, or my business. Seriously. Who wants to see me make sneaky pom poms and type on my computer while sipping pep tea and occasionally talking in my fake on camera voice to avoid sharing my actual-high-pitch-aussie-annoying-twang-a-bit-bogan-voice? Um. Yawn. Eye roll. Cringe.
Snapchat rocked filters. Instagram first 'introduced' us to filters. But Snap made them playful. And interactive. With oh-so many glorious-always-changing-always-evolving filters. Both the big and small babes loved them. Who didn't love the Puppy? Then nearly loose their mind when they pulled out the big guns. The Double Puppy! And the 'Pretty' filter. I wanted it to follow me around in real life. Especially on those horrible-hair-bad-skin-tracksuit-pant-wearing-feeling-ewww-kinda days.
Instagram tell us that we don’t have to worry about ‘over posting’ in Stories. Uh. Really?Totes disagree. I think you still need to watch how much. How often. And what you post.
I know I sometimes fight an eye roll when I check my Snapchat. Due to over Snappers. Or those who talk a little too much to camera in strange voice only resulting in disjointed hard to follow snaps. Yes. I am guilty of that. Sigh. A little less conversation. A little more action. Oops.
So, Instagram Stories. Well... awkward for Snapchat. But I think you are ok. I'm not about to break up with Snap just yet. Not quite at the it's-not-you-it's-me-chat stage. But meh. Time will tell.
Or Team Instagram Stories?
Would love to hear your thoughts x
* I’m ok with Khloe and Kris. And Caitlin.
But still think she should have gone with a K. #justsayin