Instagram Stories

  • Giphy builds transparent GIF library for Instagram Stories

    Giphy builds transparent GIF library for Instagram Stories

    Instagram now lets some users slap background-less GIFs sourced from Giphy onto their Instagram Stories. Rolling out for wider testing with a Giphy-branded design, the new GIF sticker engine could further differentiate Instagram Stories from Snapchat, which has yet to embrace the animation trend. Read More

  • Instagram tests letting users post Stories directly to WhatsApp

    Instagram tests letting users post Stories directly to WhatsApp

    Last October, Facebook extended the usage (and flexibility) of Instagram Stories — the Snapchat-like feature that lets you patch together photos and videos into a slide show — by making it easy to directly post a Story to Facebook. Now Facebook is looking at how to bring WhatsApp into the fold. Read More

  • Instagram becomes an interest network with hashtag following

    Instagram becomes an interest network with hashtag following

    Instagram has always been a social network where you follow friends and creators, but today it’s evolving with a new way to follow hashtags so you see top posts and Stories about a topic on your home page. Rather than having to dig this content out of search or the Explore tab, you can see the best #Slime videos or #FloralNails tutorials no matter who posts them. Read More

  • Instagram lets you Archive and Highlight your favorite expired Stories

    Instagram lets you Archive and Highlight your favorite expired Stories

    Instagram is copying Snapchat’s Memories feature and going a step further, letting you create a permanent home to show off formerly ephemeral content. Rolling out globally today on iOS and Android, Instagram Stories will now automatically Archive your Stories to a private part of your profile when they disappear 24 hours after being posted. You’ll then be able to create Stories… Read More

  • Instagram Stories adds no-frills photo-only posting from mobile web

    Instagram Stories adds no-frills photo-only posting from mobile web

    Instagram really wants the developing world on Stories. They won’t be able to use Instagram’s augmented reality masks or share videos, but starting today mobile web users can post to Instagram Stories. Previously, mobile web users could only view Stories, which have to be created in Instagram’s native apps. But now users can snap photos, overlay text captions, and share them… Read More

  • Imagining Instagram: Stories-first Crunch Network

    Imagining Instagram: Stories-first

    Time spent by people watching Instagram Stories — which is temporary sharing with private replies — could someday significantly surpass time spent in the Instagram Feed, which is the permanent stream of photos and videos with comments. Although numbers comparing sharing and time spent between Stories and Feed are not available, there’s more to be done. Read More

  • Instagram Stories and WhatsApp Status hit 300M users, nearly 2X Snapchat

    Instagram Stories and WhatsApp Status hit 300M users, nearly 2X Snapchat

    Instagram and WhatsApp’s Snapchat clones aren’t slowing down. Today Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced Instagram Stories and WhatsApp Status both now have 300 million daily active users. That’s up from 250 million for Instagram in June, and WhatsApp in July. That makes the copies almost twice the size of the original, as Snapchat’s entire app only has 173 million… Read More

  • Instagram injects 2X bigger Stories previews mid-feed

    Instagram injects 2X bigger Stories previews mid-feed

    Instagram Stories is doing so well, the app wants to ensure you don’t just scroll by its Snapchat clone. Instagram confirms to TechCrunch that it has redesigned its mid-feed re-engagement box for Stories to show preview tiles of people’s slideshows that are twice as big as the Stories bar atop the feed. The box appears slotted between traditional permanent posts part way down the feed. Read More

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