Instagram Overview Updated May 23, 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 Today

A TikTok-like algorithm and a streamlined interface aren’t the only changes coming to IGTV. Instagram announced today that its long-form video feature is forgoing its vertical-only format restriction.

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Instagram Stories May 16

Back in December of 2017, Instagram launched a standalone app called Direct, focused on its messaging and story features. Just over a year later, however, the Facebook-owned service has announced that it is shuttering the application.

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Instagram Stories April 30

Facebook’s CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, and other leaders at the company took the stage at the F8 developer conference today to talk about where the platform is headed. We also got a look at the major new Facebook design headed for iOS and desktop that brings a brand new UI and logo, as well as a glimpse at new features and changes for Messenger, Instagram, and WhatsApp.

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Instagram Stories April 25

Chimpanzee browsing Instagram on iPhone with precision goes viral [Video]

Unique animals get a lot of attention on social media, and the latest example is a savvy chimpanzee intentionally browsing Instagram on iPhone. Head below to check out this chimp that’s gone viral.

Instagram Stories April 24

Lens is a new Instagram app for Apple Watch that includes nearly every feature of the photo sharing service — all without the iPhone. The unofficial client is much more capable than Instagram’s outdated and discontinued app for the watch.

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Instagram Stories April 23

Instagram adds new quiz sticker for asking multiple choice questions through Stories

Instagram first added support for polls in Stories two years ago, and today the feature is being updated with support for multiple choice questions. The new “quiz sticker” allows users to ask their followers multiple choice questions directly though Instagram Stories.

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