If you're a loyal snapper, you probably opened this blog post ready to be outraged. If you're on the fence like I've been, you're hoping to find answers on which platform to commit to. Either way, we all need to cut Instagram Stories some slack and accept that it's here to stay. While yes, this new feature is a clear ripoff of Snapchat stories, this isn't the first time platforms have borrowed from their competitors. Here are some examples:
- Instagram offered filters first, Snapchat took it up a notch.
- UStream introduced live-streaming, and Periscope made the experience mobile.
- Periscope offered an opportunity for live video, Facebook Live was introduced.
- Twitter introduced hashtags and handles, they are a staple for many social networks.