Instagram is testing their new app Bolt in Singapore, New Zealand and South Africa for iOS and Android, and I got my grubby hands on it. Bolt is one-tap photo messaging, like a simpler Snapchat. And you know what…I kinda like it, though I don’t know how defensible it would be as a business.
It’s attractive and single-minded. There’s no confusion to the app’s purpose. One tap to send a photo or video might not seem much different than say, Snapchat’s three taps, but surprisingly it’s increased the number of messages I usually send. Maybe that’s because testing Bolt is top-of-mind, but I don’t think so.
One tap messaging feels so effortless — it’s easier than typing a text and yet can say so much more. Sending dozens of photos and videos throughout the day to let someone know how things are going doesn’t feel like work. With Bolt, it feels natural.