Chats that can disappear is definitely the trend right now, to messaging app developers at least. Just last week, Line introduced a new Hidden Chat feature that allow users to send messages that can self destruct after the receiver has read that message and now, Instagram has launched Bolt, a messaging app that pretty much does the same.
Bolt is available immediately for iOS and Android users but only limited to Singapore, South Africa and New Zealand. What makes the app different from others is that Instagram calls it a photo messaging app that boasts the ability for users to send things around quickly. Pictures can be captured and sent instantly with a tap of a button, and videos can be captured by tapping and holding the same button. Since nothing gets saved, you can only share with one person and will need to re-shoot to send to more.
Other features include a “shake to unsend” capability that allows you to retract a message within the first few seconds simply by shaking your phone; you can also save outgoing shots to your camera roll by shaking. We’re not quite sure about how self-destructing would work, but once you’re done with a picture, just give them a swipe and they’ll be gone forever.
Unfortunately for those of you who have been waiting for an app like this, it is only limited to users in Singapore, South Africa and New Zealand. According to the company, they wish to start out small and will roll out to more countries in the future.