Instagram Overview Updated August 5, 2020


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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 August 5

Instagram is out today with a major new release that should crank up the competition between social media apps to another level. “Reels” is rolling out for Instagram users in 50 countries and is focused on entertaining short-form video just like TikTok.

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Instagram Stories July 25

We have already covered here some apps that were caught accessing users’ clipboard thanks to a new feature of iOS 14, but that’s not all. The next major update to Apple’s mobile operating system also indicates when an app is using the camera or microphone, and that has just exposed Instagram’s app.

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Instagram Stories July 2

Facebook and Instagram adding in-app banners reminding you to wear a face mask

Facebook has announced that it is adding messaging to both Facebook and Instagram that encourages people to wear face masks to slow the spread of COVID-19. The messaging will appear at the top of the News Feed on Facebook and the top of the main feed on Instagram.

Instagram Stories June 5

Instagram copyright just got complicated following a surprise lawsuit ruling

A surprise lawsuit ruling means that Instagram copyright matters just got a whole lot more complicated.

The case was between Newsweek and a photographer whose work was displayed on Instagram, and the ruling contradicts an earlier one involving Mashable versus another photographer …

Instagram Stories May 27

Instagram to show ads on IGTV for the first time, share revenue with creators

Instagram launched its IGTV platform back in 2018 as its way of “re-envisioning mobile video” via longer-form content. Now for the first time, IGTV will gain ads and the company will share a cut of the revenue with creators. Additionally “Badges” arrive as a way for fans to donate to creators in Instagram Live videos.

Instagram Stories May 21

Instagram is the latest of Facebook’s services to gain support for its new group video chat feature, Messenger Rooms. Follow along for a look at how it works…

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