Instagram Continues To Copy Snapchat: Instagram Stories Launches Stickers Like Snapchat Geofilters


Instagram has released an update to the app's Stories section that allows users to add stickers of different kinds to photos and videos.

The stickers of Instagram Stories are very similar to the Geofilter stickers of Snapchat, though, in what is the latest thing that Instagram has copied from its main rival.

Instagram Stories Stickers

Through an official blog post, Instagram announced the addition of stickers to Instagram Stories.

After users have taken a picture or recorded a video, they will be able to see a new stickers button located beside the text and drawing tools. By tapping the smiley face, users will be able to search and insert customizable stickers that will relay information such as the weather, the time when the picture or video was taken, and the location of the user.

Users will be able to place stickers anywhere and adjust their size if they want to. There is also no limit on how many stickers users can insert into their Instagram Stories, with the stickers coming in various forms and styles.

In adding a location sticker, users will only need to search and choose the location where the picture or video was taken, similar to how users add a location to their posts. For Instagram Stories with location stickers, other users can tap on the stickers to learn more about the place.

Instagram Copies Snapchat Again

With the stickers for Instagram Stories, the app has once again copied a Snapchat feature, this time replicating geofilters.

The user base of Instagram has recently reported to have reached 600 million, with one of the primary reasons being the addition of several features that mimic those found in Snapchat.

Instagram is still looking to catch up with Snapchat in terms of the creative tools being offered to users, which means that this is likely not the last thing that the app will copy from its rival.

Other New Additions To Instagram

In addition to Instagram Stories stickers, Instagram will also be launching holiday stickers over the coming weeks for Christmas and the New Year, along with a candy cane brush that will be added to the drawing tools of users.

A hands-free option has also been added to video taking, which allows users to begin recording with just a single tap, eliminating the need to press and hold the record button. Users can now also add as much text as they want to pictures and videos by continuously tapping the text button. Lastly, for iOS device owners, it is now possible to save their Instagram Stories from the previous 24 hours to the Camera Roll, combined into one video.

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