As apps strive to become everything, they risk losing what made them so unique in the first place

by Teddy Amenabar @ Washington Post’s The Intersect Blog

by Teddy Amenabar @ Washington Post’s The Intersect Blog

You don’t just take an Instagram. Or, at least, you didn’t. It’s always a bit of a production. You may take a thousands photos of that sunset on the pier, but only “one” lands on the gram. And that “one” took some time. You edited the photo, added a filter. In a world of oversharing, Instagram was for our best selves. High class.

With stories, Instagram — which is owned by Facebook — is now encouraging you to share anything and everything to a vertical slide show for friends. Add text, maybe even a doodle, and within 24 hours the story will disappear. If this sounds like Snapchat, you are correct. This is about how every major platform is looking to jump ship and change course for new audiences. Still, it’s sort of concerning to see these apps drop the features and limitations that once made them unique.