Instagram Overview Updated September 10, 2019


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Instagram is a social media service owned by Facebook for sharing photos and videos. Instagram launched in 2010 exclusively as an iOS app and didn’t come to Android and the web until 2012.

Facebook acquired Instagram in April of 2012 for $1 billion. Facebook also offered to buy Instagram’s closest competitor Snapchat back in 2013 for $3 billion.

In June of 2017 Instagram shared that it reached 250M daily users, surpassing its rival Snapchat by almost 100M. It also has over 700M total users.

Instagram has been criticized for taking popular features from Snapchat such as face filters, stories, and stickers. The company also has plans moving forward to introduce more business focused features.

Instagram Stories September 10

Private Instagram stories not always deleted after 24 hours, show tests

Private Instagram Stories, which are supposed to be automatically deleted after 24 hours, can remain live for an extra day – with some photos remaining on the service even longer…

Instagram Stories September 3

Pandora now integrates with Instagram for sharing music and podcasts to Stories

Pandora has announced new integration with Instagram today that makes it easy to share music and podcasts to your Instagram Stories. In a blog post, Pandora detailed the new feature and said it’s rolling out now to a “limited” selection of users, and will come to everyone within the next several weeks.

Instagram Stories August 28

IGTV gains creator focused improvements for cropping, video length, and tagging

After opening up IGTV to landscape video back in May, Instagram is rolling out a handful of updates to IGTV today in response to feedback from creators producing longer-form content on the platform. Changes include new minimum and maximum video length requirements, autofill suggestions for tagging, and new cropping options.

Instagram Stories August 26

Instagram is reportedly planning to launch an app called “Threads” that would serve as a companion to the main Instagram application. The Verge reports today that Threads would “promote constant, intimate sharing between users and their closest friends.”

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Instagram Stories August 15

Instagram testing new features for Boomerangs and Stories, more

Instagram is testing a handful of changes to its mobile app, new evidence reveals. Instagram is developing new features for its popular Boomerang functionality, Layout for Stories, and more.

Instagram Stories August 7

An extensive new report from Business Insider today details how the marketing startup Hyp3r was able to use Instagram loopholes to garner an incredible amount of information about users. Hyp3r took advantage of “a combination of configuration errors and lax oversight by Instagram” to build “detailed profiles of people’s movements and interests.”

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