bolt instagram 640x384Back in 2013, there was a huge fuss over how Snapchat had apparently turned down an offer from Facebook worth $3 billion. From then, we had been hearing reports of how Facebook was attempting to create their own version of Snapchat. Recently we saw signs of such an app via Instagram called Bolt.

The app has been said to resemble Snapchat in terms of features and if you were wondering about whether or not it is real, well it is as Instagram has officially launched Bolt. Unfortunately it seems that the app is not available in all markets at the moment and has been limited to a release in New Zealand, Singapore, and South Africa.

Based on what we can see in the screenshots above, Bolt has been designed to provide a clean and easy to use interface. Users will be able to send photos simply by tapping the contact they want to send it to, while a longer press will instead begin recording a video. Recipients of the photos and videos will also be able to respond and can just swipe in order to delete them.

However if there is one feature “lacking”, it would be that Bolt does not allow mass postings. Instead Bolt is advertising a more personal experience by chatting with your contacts one at a time. The app is expected to make its way out to other countries once the kinks have been sorted out, but in the meantime if you are in any of the markets mentioned above, you can head on over to the iTunes App Store or Google Play for the download.

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