Instagram Stories vs. Snapchat Stories

If Instagram is the glossy magazine version of your life, then Instagram Stories are the rough around the edges snaps of your day to day filled with finger scribbles, block text, and emojis. If you’re thinking the latter sounds a lot like Snapchat, it’s because Instagram Stories is a lot like Snapchat. Instagram CEO, Kevin Systrom, fully admits that Snapchat deserves all the credit in spawning Instagram Stories. Since these two features are so, so similar, we thought it would be best to detail how Instagram Stories and Snapchat stories are similar and how they are different. Here we go.

How Instagram Stories and Snapchat Stories are the same:

·       They are both called “Stories.”

·       Stories only exist for 24 hours after uploading.

·       You can upload pictures and videos up to 10 seconds long.

·       You can add filters to your images (think more Nashville less puppy dog). 

·       You can doodle and add text to pictures.

·       You can also save images from your story to your photo library.

·       You can see who’s viewed your story.

·       You can watch other stories sequentially and can quickly run through stories by tapping your screen.

·       You can direct message someone from their story.

How Instagram Stories and Snapchat Stories are different:

·       Instagram has more marker options. 

·       Instagram allows you to go back in individual stories without exiting the story itself.

·       Instagram lets you post your story to your main Instagram feed.

·       Snapchat offers geo filters and face mapping filters.

·       Snapchat allows you to see who took a screenshot of your story.

·       On Snapchat, only your friends can see your story. If you have a public Instagram profile, then anyone can see your story. 

·       However, Instagram gives you the option of hiding your story from certain accounts.

·       On Instagram, you can upload images from your photo library (including Boomerangs and Hyperlapses) that you took in the past 24 hours. On Snapchat, you can upload any and all images from your photo library.