posted at 19:50
Author: Ruth Reader
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 02:30:58 +0000
The big reveal: Instagrams one-tap photo-sharing app Bolt launches
Instagram officially launched Bolt outside the U.S. today after a false start last week. The app, which launched both for iOS and Android, is available in Singapore, South Africa, and New Zealand, all markets that will give Instagram/Facebook a good chance to test the product before it launches in the U.S. and the U.K. "We decided to start small with Bolt, in just a handful of countries, to make sure we can scale while maintaining a great experience. We expect to roll it out more widely soon," a spokesperson from Instagram said. Of course, these messages disappear from Instagram's servers after 30 days, unless you or your friend delete them first. So it's unclear what Instagram thinks sets its app apart. Facebook and Instagram already have a lot of communication tools. Instagram has its own feed with comments as well as Instagram Direct - how many ways do people need to communicate? Yo, which sends your friend a mobile message that reads "Yo," surpassed 1 million users recently, causing many in the tech community to scratch their heads. Instagram is a free photo sharing application designed for use on Apple iOS devices developed by Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger.

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