Instagram Stories

Instagram rolls out Focus portrait mode for videos and photos

Instagram is one-upping Apple with a portrait mode feature that runs on a wider variety of phones and works with video, not just photos. Last month, TechCrunch reported about a Focus feature buried i

3 tests show Facebook is determined to make Stories the default

Facebook isn’t backing down from Stories despite criticism that it copied Snapchat and that Instagram Stories is enough. Instead, it’s committed to figuring out how to adapt the slideshow

Instagram Stories gets ‘quote tweet’-style feed post resharing

Instagram’s next big Stories feature could let you compliment or trash talk other people’s feed posts, or embed a “see post” button to promote your own. A TechCrunch reader sen

Instagram’s hidden portrait mode “Focus” now in testing

Eager to one-up Snapchat, Instagram ais preparing to expand its collection of shutter modes beyond options like Boomerang and Superzoom. Buried within Instagram’s Android Application Package (AP

Instagram tests resharing of others’ posts to your Story

Instagram purposefully lacks a "Regram" button to promote original sharing, but it's easing up on that philosophy when it comes to Stories. Instagram now confirms to TechCrunch that it's testing an op

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 fur

What is Snapchat, now that Story sharing has stopped growing?

In a betrayal of loyalty signaling poor morale, a massive dump of Snapchat's usage stats has leaked. The most worrisome is that the number of users posting Stories has shown zero growth, an even worse

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 d

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

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 Andro

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 Insta

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 strea

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

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 Stor

Instagram Superzoom records dramatic close-up videos

Instagram's newest feature lets you make your own "Dramatic Chipmunk"-style video by shooting a stuttered zoom-in, including cinematic sound effects, with a single tap. Superzoom is coming to Instagra

Instagram Stories launches cross-posting to Facebook Stories

Facebook Stories might not be a ghost town for long. After testing in Portugal last month, TechCrunch spotted the option to syndicate your Instagram Stories to Facebook Stories appearing to US users.

Instagram Stories mimics Polly with new polls

Polly blew up with teens last month by tacking multiple-choice polling onto Snapchat. Instagram is following suit with its own polling feature within Stories. Now just like adding a location sticker,

Facebook brings its Canvas ad format to Instagram Stories

Instagram is announcing several new features for advertisers today. The biggest is probably the expansion of the Canvas ad format to Instagram Stories (which supposedly reach 250 million people daily)

Instagram test feature lets users share Stories straight to Facebook

To boost the popularity of Stories, Facebook could turn to its photo-centric sister app. In a new feature test first spotted by the Next Web's Matt Navarra and Twitter user @mruiandre, some users are

Instagram Stories turns 1 as daily use surpasses Snapchat

Instagram Stories has blossomed from a Snapchat clone into an integral part of the world’s largest dedicated visual communication app in the first year since its launch. Half of the businesses o
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