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Instagram Bolt to Rival Snapchat

Instagram has launched its new app, Instagram Bolt, in three countries so far and it is said that the app will rival all other apps of its kind.

Instagram Bolt lets users send photos and videos to their friends with a single tap. With such a limited availability, it will be some time before it makes it to the top of the charts. In South Africa, we are part of the lucky few to try it out and are joined by New Zealand and Singapore.. This is great news for South Africa as we are able to get on board before almost all other countries.

The promise is that even though it has only released for New Zealand, Singapore and South Africa; the rest of the world will get their hands on it “soon.”

"We decided to start small with Bolt, in just a handful of countries, to make sure we can scale while maintaining a great experience," an Instagram spokesperson told TechRadar. It works pretty simply; tap a friends face to send a photo, or tap and hold to send a video. Overlays and text can be applied and the content will disappear once it has been viewed and swiped.

Although Instagram is owned by Facebook, you will only be able to use the contacts on your phone with this app. You can set up no more than four favourites, which will stay on the app’s main page even though you can only send content to one contact at a time.

It will be interesting to see how popular the app will be as there are quite a number of them out there that are already being used and people are happy with them.

Do you think Instagram Bolt will take over from apps like Snapchat, Taptalk or Facebook Slingshot?