Instagram has issued another Snapchat-inspired update to its app, the latest in an aggressive series since the companyâ€™s big redesign in May. In version 9.3, released today, Instagram has added some new options to the appâ€™s Snapchat-style â€œstoriesâ€ feature that it unveiled last month. Users will now be able to save the photos and videos that they post to their stories to the camera roll automatically by default, and they can also mute the stories of people they follow.
Saving stuff you post to your stories is another feature lifted from Snapchat. To activate it, you just tap the gear icon in the stories camera interface and flip the â€œSave Shared Photosâ€ button. Itâ€™s a wholesale option for now, though â€” you canâ€™t choose to save posts on a case-by-case basis the way you can on Snapchat. Instead, you either archive everything or live that truly ephemeral life.
Instagram hasnâ€™t let up
Muting stories is a bit more straightforward â€” you just tap and hold on the particular story that you want to mute. It should help solve one of the early knocks on Instagramâ€™s version of the idea, which is that it was easy to feel inundated by the amount of Instagram stories that show up at the top of the app. (People tend to follow more accounts on Instagram than they do on Snapchat.) Now, when you mute a particular accountâ€™s Instagram story, it moves the corresponding bubble to the end of the stories queue. The app also wonâ€™t automatically flip to that story if youâ€™ve viewed everyone elseâ€™s â€” you have to un-mute it to view it again.
Instagram also added the ability to pick a color when you add text to stories, another small idea that makes up part of the goofy fun of Snapchat. At this point, itâ€™s safe to say this wonâ€™t be the last of Snapchatâ€™s ideas to come to Instagram.