Instagram Overview Updated November 15, 2018

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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 Yesterday

Instagram shopping expands with savable collections, business profiles, and feed videos

After testing out some new shopping options back in September, Instagram is today widely rolling out new ways to purchase items across the platform ahead of the holidays.

Instagram Stories November 1

A new report from TechCrunch today says Instagram is testing a new “Promote for Stories” feature will make it easier for businesses and advertisers to target users through Stories. Similar to Facebook’s “Boost” platform, advertisers will be able to target certain users based on a variety of characteristics.

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The Apple-owned Shazam app for iOS has been updated to version 12.3 today. As part of that update, the app now integrates with Instagram, allowing users to share songs they discover through Shazam on Instagram Stories.

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Instagram Stories October 22

Instagram group video calling expanded to support up to six people

Back in June, Instagram launched support for video chat through its in-app direct messaging system. Originally, the feature supported video chats of up to four people, but today Instagram group video calling has been expanded with support for up to six people.

Instagram Stories October 15

A few weeks back, Instagram co-founders Kevin Systrom and Mike Kreiger announced they were leaving Facebook six years after the initial acquisition. At the time, reports suggested a growing rift between Instagram leadership and Mark Zuckerberg, and now Systrom has publicly addressed the relationship for the first time.

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Instagram Stories October 11

Instagram is testing a major overhaul to how users navigate the application. As reported by TechCrunch today, Instagram is testing a “new way to move through posts” in its mobile app. This would allow users to tap to see the next post, as opposed to scrolling vertically.

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