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Snapchat Stories just copied an Instagram idea (for once)

Snapchat Stories just copied an Instagram idea (for once)

When it comes to the war between Instagram and Snapchat, we're usually covering the features that the former borrows from the latter. Instagram has repurposed a lot of Snapchat's features in its quest to compete, and it has had no bones about naming the source of its inspiration. Today, however, those roles are reversed, as Snapchat is launching a new feature that actually came to Instagram first.

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Your days of Instagram creeping may soon be over

Your days of Instagram creeping may soon be over

Instagram has had no problem in re-purposing features that first appeared in Snapchat for its own use, and today is no different in that regard. Instagram has started testing a new feature that alerts users when someone tries to snap a screenshot of the stories they share. Of course, snapping a screenshot goes against the whole "disappearing message" thing, which is one of the key draws of both Instagram Stories and Snapchat.

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You young people can leave Facebook now

You young people can leave Facebook now

As Facebook ages, its younger users seem to be leaving - or just not joining at all, in the first place. Where the social network in blue originally found purchase with college students, the years between then and now may have found the brand's social peak. Facebook remains the most dominant social network in the world, but according to one analysis firm, there's a limit to what young people will take.

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Instagram Regram feature makes it easy to share public content

Instagram Regram feature makes it easy to share public content

Instagram users have long had to jump through hoops to share other users' content on their own accounts. Whereas the current workaround to the lack of a share button is taking a screenshot, a new Instagram test available to some users changes that. With the new "Regram" feature being tested, Instagram users are able to directly share another user's content in their own Stories.

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Instagram Stories Type Mode replaces photos with fancy text

Instagram Stories Type Mode replaces photos with fancy text

Instagram has introduced a new type of Stories mode the eliminates photos entirely. Called Type Mode, the new sharing option is exactly what it sounds like: a way to share images that contain only text via the platform's Stories feature. The new mode is for those times you have something to say but no image to say it with; users get access to fancy text and colorful backgrounds, though.

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Instagram Stories embrace the GIF

Instagram Stories embrace the GIF

Instagram Stories already offer quite a few different features for you to take advantage of, but if you ever feel like the stories you post need a little extra pizzaz, the new feature rolling out today might be for you. Instagram has announced that Stories now support animated GIF stickers, allowing you to add a little extra flair to the photos and videos you post as stories.

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Instagram DMs get “last active” feature: here’s how to disable it

Instagram DMs get “last active” feature: here’s how to disable it

Instagram has added a feature that has some users upset: a small notice that alerts others to when you were last active on that app. As with Facebook's past decision to add read receipts to its chat platform, Instagram's new feature makes managing one's digital social life a little trickier. Fortunately, the company has given its users the ability to disable the activity status, making it possible to stop others from snooping on your habits.

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Instagram Stories get WhatsApp cross-posting in new test

Instagram Stories get WhatsApp cross-posting in new test

Instagram is experimenting with a new feature that allows its customers to cross-post Instagram Stories directly to WhatsApp, a feature that builds upon the Facebook cross-posting it officially launched in late 2017. Only some Instagram users are spotting this feature at this time, and they all appear to be in Brazil. When the feature may roll out more extensively is unclear.

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Instagram recommended content rolls out in user home feeds

Instagram recommended content rolls out in user home feeds

Instagram is rolling out recommended posts to its users, a new reality first revealed via a test spotted in early December. The change is exactly what it sounds like -- a way for Instagram to push content it thinks you will like based on your own activity on the platform. The company explains on its help site that it determines which content to suggest based on the stuff that is "liked" by the accounts you choose to follow.

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Instagram Direct now supports Live Videos

Instagram Direct now supports Live Videos

Things are about to get more confusing in Instagram land. Earlier this month, the social network more popular for posting photos and short videos has revealed a new Direct app that takes private messaging into its own, independent turf. While that separation hasn’t happened yet, Instagram seems to be heading in that direction with the features it has been rolling out, the latest of which lets you start or even share live videos through private messages.

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Instagram update lets you follow hashtags to stay in the loop

Instagram update lets you follow hashtags to stay in the loop

Discovery is becoming an increasingly large part of social media. After all, if you can easily follow topics you're interested in, you're not only more likely to stay on a site like Facebook or Instagram, but you're also more likely to come back. It shouldn't come as much of a surprise, then, that Instagram is today launching new tools that will allow you to more easily follow the topics you're interested in.

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Instagram’s new Direct app splits off private messaging

Instagram’s new Direct app splits off private messaging

Facebook’s war against Snapchat continues and this time it is using Instagram as its proxy. The popular social photo sharing platform has just rolled out a limited test of its new Direct private messaging app that removes the same functionality from the main Instagram app. But in addition to exhibit similar behavior to Snapchat, this split could bring back painful memories of Facebook’s controversial extraction of Messenger into its own standalone experience.

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