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Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Instagram is testing location-based stories that bring together publicly available posts from the area   —  Instagram wants to let you see everything going on somewhere right now.  TechCrunch has discovered that Instagram is testing a new Location Stories feature that compiles publicly shared …
May 16, 2017, 2:25 PMIn context
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Instagram adds Snapchat-style face filters, an eraser tool for drawings, and hashtags for Stories   —  Today Instagram Stories adds a more subtle and mature but error-prone copycat of Snapchat's beloved augmented reality selfie filters.  The eight initial “face filters” …
May 16, 2017, 9:40 AMIn context
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Several studies show that existing Snapchat users are staying loyal to the social network, despite Instagram stunting its growth   —  U.S. millennials and Gen Zs aren't entirely replacing their Snapchat addiction with Instagram Stories, according to a dozen studies and surveys commissioned or collected by TechCrunch.
May 9, 2017, 1:50 PMIn context
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Snapchat adds snaps with unlimited viewing time and looping videos, which will both self-destruct on being closed, and new creative tools like a “magic eraser”   —  Infinite snaps, loops, and the magic eraser  —  Snapchat added a set of new creative tools to its arsenal today amid …
May 9, 2017, 1:08 PMIn context
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Instagram now lets users post images from mobile web, addressing markets with slower networks; mobile web version lacks video uploads, filters, Stories, and DMs   —  Instagram wants to be the photo app for the whole world, even if you can't or won't download it.
May 8, 2017, 3:35 PMIn context
Sarah Frier / Bloomberg:
App Annie: 35% of Snapchat users can't be found on Facebook, 46% can't be found on Instagram on an average day in Q4, suggesting users are loyal to Snapchat   —  App Annie Says 46% of Snapchat users aren't found on Instagram  —  Snap's sales pitch hinges on having loyal group of fans
May 3, 2017, 2:50 PMIn context
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Algorithmic feed was a boon for Instagram's and Twitter's growth; Snapchat should evolve   —  Snapchat invented its best products by being the anti-Facebook.  Its disappearing chats made visual communication quick and casual compared to Facebook's email-esque text messages.
Apr 30, 2017, 11:25 PMIn context
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook expands Messenger Lite to 130+ more countries, including Vietnam, Nigeria, and Peru   —  Facebook is aggressively pursuing the international and developing world markets Snapchat hasn't prioritized.  Facebook Lite recently hit 200 million users, and Instagram just rolled out offline mode for Android.
Apr 27, 2017, 3:15 PMIn context
Farhad Manjoo / New York Times:
Interview with Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom on how the service reached 700M MAUs by shipping and updating products faster, future growth prospects, more   —  At a recent all-hands meeting with employees, Kevin Systrom, a founder and chief executive of Instagram, showed off one of his favorite charts …
Apr 26, 2017, 12:45 PMIn context
Kurt Wagner / Recode:
Instagram says it now has 700M monthly active users, adding 100M new users in just over four months   —  It took the company just four months to add 100 million new accounts.  —  Instagram is growing faster than it ever has before.  —  The photo and video app, which is owned by Facebook …
Apr 26, 2017, 9:05 AMIn context

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