Instagram Overview Updated October 27, 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 October 27

Instagram increases Live video limit to 4 hours, debuts Live Archive save feature

Instagram is out with three new updates to its Live video feature that expands the time limit, introduces an option to save your live videos afterward, and a new “Live Now” section for both the Explore tab and IGTV app.

Instagram Stories October 21

Instagram is facing a major outage this Wednesday, and if you’re experiencing any problems accessing it, you’re not alone. Users have been reporting for about an hour that the social network is partially down.

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Instagram Stories October 6

If you want to switch up your Instagram icon, you don’t need to create a shortcut to do it. To celebrate the app’s 10th birthday, the company has included an easter egg that lets you switch back to the original icon — or even earlier.

The photo map feature is also returning, alongside new anti-bullying measures and a warning when you’re following an account belonging to a nation-state…

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Instagram Stories September 30

Facebook Messenger and Instagram chats are now officially merged, as the company implements the next phase in its planned unified messaging service for Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp.

We first learned about the company’s plans at the beginning of last year …

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Instagram Stories September 11

Apple’s privacy advertising feature that will now arrive in early 2021 has become a polarizing change. On one side, privacy advocates praise the upcoming default that will ask users if they’ll allow apps to track them and on the other side, third-party developers and advertisers say the move goes too far and will see ad revenue drop as much as 50%. Now Instagram’s CEO has weighed in and says the company will make a strong case against the change.

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Instagram Stories September 6

Instagram and Facebook are testing a new feature that would further deepen the integration between the two platforms. As reported by The Verge, Facebook is testing the ability to bring Instagram stories directly to Facebook stories.

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