Instagram Overview Updated February 20, 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 Today

One of Snapchat’s most popular features is its private chat platform, which is coincidentally the sole feature that Instagram has struggled to copy. Instagram, however, has started to roll out new capabilities to its Direct platform that it hopes will give it an advantage over Snapchat…

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Instagram Stories February 7

Instagram has always resisted the idea of a “Regram” button, but the company appears to be reversing its course, at least in the case of Stories. According to TechCrunch, Instagram is testing a feature that would allow users to share another user’s post directly to their own Instagram Story…

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Instagram Stories February 1

Instagram for iOS adds new ‘Type’ text mode for story creation

Instagram today is further expanding the capabilities of its stories feature. In a blog post this morning, Instagram has announced a new “Type” mode for stories that lets users share anything on their mind, with no text or video required…

Instagram Stories January 30

Snapchat has unveiled new enhancements to its Bitmoji feature that will offer way more customizations than ever before. For business users, Instagram is also releasing new features with the ability to schedule posts.

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Instagram Stories January 23

Instagram brings GIF stickers to photos and videos for stories

Instagram has today launched GIF stickers for use in the social media platform’s stories. The company also announced that it will soon launch a feature to help with posting content with different aspect ratios.

Instagram Stories December 27, 2017

After adding support for following hashtags earlier this month, Instagram is now rolling out a new “Recommended for You” feature, TechCrunch reports. This feature will see the social network insert posts it thinks you may like directly into your feed…

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