Instagram Stories\r\nSo today I woke up to the latest release of Instagram which now includes a story feature allowing you to share your story as well as your usual Instagram feed. \u00a0Instagram Stories lets you share photos and video clips as a storyline but doesn\u2019t post them onto your normal feed essentially allowing you to share your day without oversharing and clogging up your timeline.\u00a0 Unless I\u2019m travelling I have a strict no more than three images a day policy which means I have to be selective on what I post and generally this is when I turn to Snapchat.\r\nSame Same But Different\r\nInstagram Stories - It\u2019s a bit similar to Snapchat in that you can add text to your photo and also draw and doodle over the photo and be creative.\u00a0 You can share as much as you want over the day and your story is woven together into a sort of slideshow which people can view at their leisure. There are a few filters which seem to just alter the tone of your image but no Geo Filters so no more cute Dubai overlays or Geo tags which make travel fun and are also a powerful marketing tool for the wise.\u00a0 There are also no Masks so goodbye people pretending to have rainbows instead of tongues, or everyone wearing a flower tiara \u2013 cute as they are!.\u00a0 Of course that\u2019s what we have on day one, who knows what will be coming in the future, I\u2019m sure there will be more developments.\r\nPrivacy\r\nYou can choose who you allow to see your stories from just allowing your followers to see your stories, or everybody.\u00a0 You can even go down to an individual level and not let them see your stories (helpful if you want to block your mum from seeing what a party animal you really are or for hiding part of your day if that\u2019s what you want to do LOL)\r\n\r\nStories disappear after 24 hours, but you can download them into your photo gallery if you want to keep them, or share them on your IG feed (it looks like you can only do this on an individual picture\/video basis unlike Snapchat which allows you to download a whole story in one go).\r\nInteraction\r\nWhilst people can\u2019t like or comment on your stories publicly like on your IG feed, it\u2019s possible for you to see how many people have viewed each part of your story and even go down the list to see who viewed your story if you want to.\u00a0\u00a0 There\u2019s also the facility to chat to someone, albeit via Direct Message which stays in your DM box rather than disappearing like on Snapchat.\r\nStories\r\nA quick flick along the top of my IG feed shows that plenty of people are trying out the new feature \u2013 this morning already I\u2019ve had a quick virtual tour of a dog friendly hotel, seen plenty of people wishing everyone good morning, followed Eric Lanlard (my favourite patisserier) on his drive to work, seen a few adverts for products and services (I almost bought something so it worked!). \u00a0I've seen quite a few people making and drinking breakfast, saw a comedy skiff by Matt Mendariz playfully confusing Snapchat and IG Stories.\r\n\r\nI\u2019ve had my ears blasted with too loud music (keep the volume down please \u2013 I\u2019m trying to pretend I\u2019m at work) and saw more selfies than I would like, and some cute animals and so on and so on. \u00a0It's a sneak peak at people's every day lives without having to leave your sofa. Thankfully you can click through the stories quite quickly. \u00a0Even so, it\u2019s draining my battery quite quickly and will no doubt burn my data when I\u2019m out and about. \u00a0Even more people will be walking around the malls with their head buried in their phone, if they're not looking for Pokemon characters they might be watching you going about your day life!.\r\nDespite all of that \u2026 it\u2019s kinda quite addictive in a voyeuristic kind of way\r\nInstagram v\u2019s Snapchat\r\nIs Instagram going to give Snapchat a run for its money? \u00a0\u2026. Absolutely!\r\nThe numbers - \u00a0I\u2019ve got over 11,000 followers on Instagram and a lot less than that on Snapchat. Interaction on Instagram is way higher on Snapchat. Having said that I haven't given Snapchat a proper chance. \u00a0I joined Snapchat maybe six months ago and have never been a committed Snapper, some days it works for me and some days it doesn\u2019t. On a pure numbers basis Instagram wins as I already have an established audience.\r\n\r\nSnapchat wins on a few fronts for me \u2013 the filters and masks are fun also you can load just the stories from people who you want whereas it looks like on Instagram Stories you can\u2019t choose who you want to see and don\u2019t want to see \u2013 I\u2019m guessing that algorithms are at work here so it will be interesting to see how this develops.\r\n\r\nIt\u2019s early days so I\u2019ll probably keep on with both for now, but at some stage am likely to drop something and at the moment I\u2019m thinking that Snapchat will go. \u00a0The interesting thing will be to see what happens to Snapchat. \u00a0Will they respond with more features? \u00a0Will Instagram add more functionality to Stories? Only time will tell I guess, in the meantime I will play with both and watch what happens with interest.\r\n\r\nRead more about Instagram Stories on the Instagram blog\r\n\r\nFollow me on Instagram or Snapchat\r\n\r\nWhat\u2019s your take on this? Are you pro Snapchat or Instagram Stories?