Snapchat Clone

  • 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

  • Facebook Stories replaces Messenger Day with synced cross-posting

    Facebook Stories replaces Messenger Day with synced cross-posting

    Facebook is cleaning up the redundancy in its Snapchat Stories clones. Today Facebook is killing off the Messenger Day brand and merging the chat app’s stories feature with Facebook Stories. Now, just called “Stories,” 24-hour ephemeral posts in either Facebook or Messenger will appear in both apps, and viewing will be synced, too. Read More

  • Spiegel hopes to save Snapchat with an algorithmic feed

    Spiegel hopes to save Snapchat with an algorithmic feed

    Snap got destroyed by Wall Street today after a horrible Q3 earnings where revenue and user growth fell well under expectations. So to get things going in the right direction, CEO Evan Spiegel says Snapchat will make some bold moves not everyone will like. 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

  • Facebook Stories open to Pages, bringing brands to the ghost town

    Facebook Stories open to Pages, bringing brands to the ghost town

    No one’s posting to Facebook Stories. Only eight of my 2,800 friends have Stories up right now, and three came from the new “cross-post from Instagram Stories” feature. It’s slow adoption for a feature cloned from Snapchat that’s proven wildly popular elsewhere, and lives prominently at the top of perhaps the world’s most-used app. Read More

  • Instagram Stories launches cross-posting to Facebook Stories

    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. Now Facebook confirms this feature is officially rolling out, and everyone should have it soon if not already. The only exception is businesses, since they’re not allowed on Facebook… Read More

  • Facebook Messenger Day hits 70M daily users as the app reaches 1.3B monthlies

    Facebook Messenger Day hits 70M daily users as the app reaches 1.3B monthlies

    Facebook has finally revealed how its Snapchat Stories clone is doing, though it’s not seeing the same explosive growth as Instagram or WhatApp’s versions. Messenger Day now sees 70 million daily users posting and viewing photos and video slideshows six months after launch. Read More

  • Facebook boosts snubbed Stories Camera with Live, GIF & text sharing

    Facebook boosts snubbed Stories Camera with Live, GIF & text sharing

    Despite the tepid reception for Facebook Stories, the social network is doubling down on its full-screen Camera feature. Today Facebook added the ability to go Live, shoot two-second GIFs and share full-screen text posts on colored background from Facebook Camera, which lets you share to Facebook Stories, Direct messaging and the traditional News Feed. Read More

  • Snapchat “Crowd Surf” stitches together everyone’s concert videos

    Snapchat “Crowd Surf” stitches together everyone’s concert videos

    Snapchat’s got a new trick to stay one step ahead of Instagram by turning everyone’s quick video clips from concerts into a much more watchable music video you control. Snapchat “Crowd Surf” uses artificial intelligence machine learning technology to analyze when lots of people are all recording the same musical performance at the same time. It can then lace together… Read More

  • 8 ways to fix Snapchat

    Snap’s cool factor is wearing off. It needs new ways to entertain teens and score ad dollars. That means challenging some of its deepest-held philosophies about who Snapchat is for and how it works. From changing its feed to seducing influencers to fighting Facebook, here’s what we think Snap needs to do. Read More

  • Instagram Stories turns 1 as daily use surpasses Snapchat

    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 on Instagram produced a story in the last month, and it’s boosted the app’s average usage to 32 minutes per day for those under 25, and 24 minutes per day for those 25 and up. If… Read More

  • Facebook Stories unlocks public sharing

    Facebook Stories unlocks public sharing

    Facebook could jumpstart its Snapchat clone by letting social media stars and public figures post Stories publicly. When Facebook Stories launched globally in March, you could only share to all your friends or a subset of them. Now if you allow public followers, you can post your Story publicly so anyone can watch. Read More

  • WhatsApp hits 1B daily users while its Snapchat clone rockets to 250M

    WhatsApp hits 1B daily users while its Snapchat clone rockets to 250M

    Facebook is winning the race to bring Snapchat’s Stories format to the rest of the world before its originator. WhatsApp Status, its version of Snapchat Stories, now has 250 million daily active users. That’s despite it being relegated to a secondary dedicated tab in the app, opposed to being front and center on the home screen like Instagram Stories which also now has over 250… Read More

  • 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

  • Patreon launches Snapchat clone just for creators’ paid subscribers

    Patreon launches Snapchat clone just for creators’ paid subscribers

    Ads aren’t enough to support professional online content makers. So Patreon is equipping them with new ways to organize, measure, and entertain fans who use its platform to pay them a monthly subscription fee for special access. With 1 million patrons paying an average of $12 per month to 50,000 creators, Patreon is on track to send musicians, comedians, journalists, videographers, and… 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