Instagram Overview Updated January 21, 2022


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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 January 21

‘Potentially harmful’ Instagram content to be less visible; partly tailored to users

“Potentially harmful” Instagram content is defined as posts that don’t directly contravene the company’s posting rules but may still be considered unacceptable by some users. The company has now announced new steps it is taking to reduce the visibility of such posts …

Instagram Stories January 20

Instagram and TikTok continue to compete with each other in near-tandem. The same week that Instagram announced it has started to test a paid subscriptions feature with certain creators, TikTok has now confirmed that it, too, is testing a similar feature.

Meanwhile, Instagram is expanding its TikTok-style Remix feature to all videos on the platform. Head below for your daily dose of social media back and forth…

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Instagram Stories January 19

Instagram is launching a new paid subscription feature for creators today within its iOS and Android apps. With this new functionality, Facebook is targeting potential competitors like OnlyFans that continue to see growth. Despite Facebook’s dissatisfaction with the App Store, they are using Apple’s in-app purchases system for these subscriptions. With that, Apple will gather 30% of all subscription fees. Facebook says that they are developing a way for creators to see “how much they pay to Apple.”

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Instagram Stories January 12

In February 2021, Instagram confirmed that it was prototyping a new Stories design with vertical scrolling, similar to TikTok – but the details were unknown. Now the social network is finally testing the new design with a small group of users.

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Instagram Stories January 11

A week after the head of Instagram announced that the app is testing three new feeds for its users, the social network could receive another important feature with the ability to edit the profile grid so users could create their ultimate personal aesthetic feed.

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Instagram Stories January 5

Head of Instagram Adam Mosseri announced today that the app is rolling out for some users the ability to switch between different feeds.

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Instagram Stories December 29, 2021

After a year of a lot of controversies regarding Instagram, CEO Adam Mosseri has now shared what will be the app’s key priorities in 2022.

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Instagram Stories December 15, 2021

Instagram recently began testing a major change to its Stories platform, which lets users post photos and short videos that stay live for 24 hours. The social network wants to increase the maximum length of videos on Stories to 60 seconds in another attempt to beat Snapchat and TikTok.

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Instagram Stories December 10, 2021

Facebook launches new tools for creators with live chat support, help when locked out of accounts, more

Facebook has announced a lot of new features during this past week. Now, the company is unveiling the latest patch of updates on its efforts to build a better platform for creators and communities.

Instagram Stories December 9, 2021

As we approach the end of 2021, Instagram is getting in on the year-in-review fun. This time, the company is launching a new “Playback” feature that recaps up to 10 of your top stories for the year, giving you an easy way to reflect on 2021. Here’s how it works.

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Instagram Stories December 8, 2021

Instagram might soon launch a feature that many users have been calling for it to add (back) for years. According to Adam Mosseri, who serves as the head of Instagram, the company is actively exploring adding a chronological feed option to the app.

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Instagram Stories December 7, 2021

Adam Mosseri, head of Instagram, announced more details about Meta’s effort to protect teens and support parents online. This comes after the “Instagram for kids” controversy and by the fact the US Congress is going to hear him about it this week.

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Instagram Stories November 24, 2021

The head of Instagram, Adam Mosseri, has agreed to testify before Congress after the Instagram for kids controversy, which started at the beginning of the year. As reported by the New York Times, “Mr. Mosseri is expected to appear before a Senate panel during the week of Dec. 6 as part of a series of hearings on protecting children online, said Senator Richard Blumenthal, who will lead the hearing.”

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Instagram Stories November 18, 2021

Instagram for iOS adds the ability to delete a photo from a Carousel, adds ‘Rage Shake’ to report a problem

Instagram for iOS has added two new features that the head of the app considers “hidden gems.” It’s now possible to delete a photo from a Carousel as well as use this “Rage Shake” function to report a problem.

Instagram Stories November 17, 2021

Back in 2019, Instagram launched a new app called Threads – focused on sending and receiving messages with Instagram users but without the photo stuff. Now the Meta-owned company has announced that it is discontinuing Threads, and the app will no longer be available beginning in December.

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Instagram Stories November 14, 2021

Instagram has been working on a lot of new features over the past few months. Now, reverse engineer Alessandro Paluzzi has posted a few updates about some of the features the platform is hoping to bring for iOS users in the future.

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Instagram Stories November 12, 2021

Instagram has been implementing several new features in its mobile app recently, and now the company has been testing an option to finally let users choose which posts they want to see in the social network’s main feed.

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Instagram Stories November 11, 2021

As competition with TikTok has been getting tougher, Instagram this week announced some new features to give content creators even more options when editing Reels. Users will now find a text-to-speech feature, as well as new voice effects in the Instagram app.

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Instagram now paying up to $10,000 bonus to creators for posting reels

Instagram Reels is the short video platform of the Meta-owned social network (formerly Facebook) that competes directly with TikTok. As a way to attract even more content creators, the company is now paying bonuses of up to $10,000 to those who post videos on Reels.

Instagram Stories November 10, 2021

Instagram CEO Adam Mosseri announced today that the social network is starting to beta test a new digital wellbeing feature dubbed “Take a Break.” As the name implies, this feature is designed to encourage users to take regular breaks from using Instagram.

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Instagram Stories November 8, 2021

After the huge success of platforms like Patreon and OnlyFans, some social networks have been implementing ways to let users support the people they follow with money. Instagram is about to do just that, as the Meta-owned platform is getting ready to launch a new subscription to support creators.

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Instagram Stories November 3, 2021

You can now see previews of Instagram posts right in your Twitter feed

Instagram is rolling out a small but long-awaited change that improves its integration with Twitter. Starting today, when you share an Instagram link on Twitter, you’ll see a preview of that post in the tweet itself.

Instagram Stories November 1, 2021

PSA: Instagram currently down for some users [U: Fixed]

Once again, Instagram seems to be experiencing some server-side issues. Users have been reporting on Twitter this Monday night that Instagram is currently down or partially not working.

Instagram Stories October 27, 2021

Instagram begins rolling out new link stickers to all users

Back in August, Instagram announced that it would be ditching the “swipe up” gesture for sharing links in favor of a new sticker format. That change is now complete, and Instagram is rolling out the ability to share link stickers to everyone on the platform.

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