Instagram Stories

  • 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

  • Instagram Stories launches overlaid Stickers for locations, emoji, and seasons

    Instagram Stories launches overlaid Stickers for locations, emoji, and seasons

    Instagram is launching its answer to Snapchat geofilters, offering a way to spice up your photos and videos with Stickers that display basic location names, time, weather, and emoji. There’s also limited-time seasonal graphics like Christmas trees and Hanukkah menorahs, and a holiday candy cane paint brush. Instagram is also launching Story saving for downloading your last 24-hours… Read More