Instagram Stories

  • Instagram Stories hits 250M daily users, adds Live video replays

    Instagram Stories hits 250M daily users, adds Live video replays

    Instagram Stories is widening its lead over Snapchat and rolling out new features to keep everyone shooting video. Instagram Stories now has 250 million daily active users. That compares to Snapchat’s total 166 million daily actives for its entire app and Instagram’s total 700 million monthly users. Read More

  • Instagram launches Story Search for hashtags and locations

    Instagram launches Story Search for hashtags and locations

    Instagram Stories wants to be your window into what’s going on around a topic or place right now, so it’s adding a way to search Stories two months after Snapchat did the same. Instagram users can now search for a location or hashtag, and see a Story compiled from Story posts by other users that include that location sticker, hashtag sticker, or hashtag in the caption. Location… Read More

  • Instagram Location Stories appear in Explore. Is Story Search coming?

    Instagram Location Stories appear in Explore. Is Story Search coming?

    It’s taking Instagram less and less time to copy Snapchat. Less than two months after Snapchat launched its Stories Search feature for seeing what’s going on at a location or related to a topic, Instagram is rolling out Location Stories to its Explore page. Read More

  • 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

  • WhatsApp launches Status, an encrypted Snapchat Stories clone

    WhatsApp launches Status, an encrypted Snapchat Stories clone

    WhatsApp could put the brakes on Snapchat’s international growth with today’s launch of WhatsApp Status, a new tab for sharing decorated photos, videos and GIFs that disappear after 24 hours. It’s another Facebook-owned Snapchat Stories copycat, but the twist is that it’s end-to-end encrypted like WhatsApp messaging. Read More

  • Snapchat growth slowed 82% after Instagram Stories launched

    Snapchat growth slowed 82% after Instagram Stories launched

    Snapchat was flying high in early 2016, but the launch of direct competitor Instagram Stories coincided with a massive drop in how fast Snapchat was growing, judging by new stats in its IPO filing. That aligns with our report that multiple analytic providers and social media talent managers saw a big decline in Snapchat usage after Instagram Stories came out. While we can’t be sure… Read More

  • Facebook Stories puts a Snapchat clone above the News Feed

    Facebook Stories puts a Snapchat clone above the News Feed

    Instagram put a dent in Snapchat by placing its own version of Snapchat Stories atop its feed, and now Facebook is doing the same. Today Facebook launched Facebook Stories in Ireland on iOS and Android, with plans to bring it to more countries in the coming months. The feature lets you share ephemeral photos and videos in a slideshow that disappears 24 hours later. The little circles to… Read More

  • Crunch Report | Instagram Stories Hits 150 Million Daily Users

    FarmLogs raises $22 million, Instagram Stories hits 150 million daily users, Google closes its UAV project and JetBlue gives us free Wi-Fi. All this on Crunch Report. Read More

  • Instagram Stories hits 150M daily users, launches skippable ads

    Instagram Stories hits 150M daily users, launches skippable ads

    Instagram Stories now has as many users as the last number announced by Snapchat, the app Instagram copied. And it’s swiftly moving to monetize that massive audience. Along with the new 150 million daily user stat, Instagram today announced the launch of ads mixed into Stories. The unclickable five-second photo and 15-second video ads appear between different people’s stories and… Read More