Instagram launches Bolt in New Zealand, Singapore and South Africa

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By Justin Lafferty

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The newest app from Facebook/Instagram — leaked last week — Bolt, is official. The company announced Tuesday that Instagram Bolt has been launched for iOS and Android users in New Zealand, Singapore and South Africa. Bolt is a way for people to quickly share images via one-on-one messaging, somewhat similar to the most recent app Facebook launched, Slingshot.

Instagram confirmed the launch to Inside Facebook:

Bolt is the fastest way to share an image or a video — just one tap to capture and send. 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.

Here’s how the app works, according to Instagram:

  • Users in New Zealand, Singapore and South Africa can sign up with their phone number, no email address needed
  • Add friends to “favorites” list
  • With a single tap, shoot and send a photo or video
  • Add text captions if you want – you can also reply directly to messages you receive with a photo or text
  • Once you swipe away a Bolt message, it’s gone

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Readers: What do you think about Bolt?

Image courtesy of Facebook.