Instagram Stories

  • Instagram on copying Snapchat: “This is the way the tech industry works”

    Instagram on copying Snapchat: “This is the way the tech industry works”

    “I think it would frankly be silly of us if we were to say “Oh see that good idea over there that’s actually fulfilling a need people have to share more moments of their life, oh because one person did that we can’t even go near that idea.” That’s Instagram’s VP of Product Kevin Weil’s perspective about cloning Snapchat. He’s the man in… Read More

  • Instagram tests Location Stories

    Instagram tests Location Stories

    Instagram wants to let you see everything going on somewhere right now. TechCrunch has discovered that Instagram is testing a new Location Stories feature that compiles publicly shared Instagram Stories posts tagged with a location sticker. Users can then visit that business, landmark or place’s Instagram page and watch a slideshow Story of posts from there shared by strangers they… Read More

  • Instagram launches selfie filters, copying the last big Snapchat feature

    Instagram launches selfie filters, copying the last big Snapchat feature

    Today Instagram Stories adds a more subtle and mature but error-prone copycat of Snapchat’s beloved augmented reality selfie filters. The eight initial “face filters,” as Instagram calls them, work exactly like Snapchat, and let you add virtual koala ears, nerd glasses, a butterfly crown or wrinkle-smooth makeup to yourself and friends in photos or videos. Read More

  • Snapchat will no longer show a white border around old Memories

    Snapchat will no longer show a white border around old Memories

    Snapchat will no longer show that annoying white border around old photos that you share from Memories. Previously, if you shared a photo from Memories that was more than 24 hours old it would have a white border around the image. The border ended up annoying users who didn’t want their snaps altered, sometimes to the point where they would decide not to share the old content at all. Read More

  • Instagram’s growth speeds up as it hits 700 million users

    Instagram’s growth speeds up as it hits 700 million users

    Instagram has doubled its user base, to 700 million monthly actives in two years, fueled by Stories, web signups and better onboarding on low-end Android phones. Instagram’s growth rate is actually speeding up. It took just four months to add the last 100 million users since hitting 600 million in December, while it took six months to go from 500 million to 600 million. Read More

  • Instagram Stories hits 200M users, surpassing Snapchat as it copies its AR stickers

    Instagram Stories hits 200M users, surpassing Snapchat as it copies its AR stickers

    “Move last and take things” seems to be Facebook’s new motto. Now the parent company’s top Snapchat clone Instagram Stories has hit 200 million daily active users, surpassing the last count of 161 million that Snapchat announced alongside its IPO. Meanwhile, Instagram is getting faster at copying even Snapchat’s most technologically advanced features. Read More

  • Instagram Stories launches geostickers as its Snap attack continues

    Instagram Stories launches geostickers as its Snap attack continues

    Instagram is steadily closing its feature gap with Snapchat. Today, Instagram launched its first geostickers, which let users add and arrange illustrations to their Stories posts related to their locations. The first places getting city-wide and special neighborhood geostickers are New York City and Jakarta, Indonesia. These add to Instagram Stories’ existing location stickers that add… Read More