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As Instagram Stories hits 150 million daily users, full screen video ads enter testing

As Instagram Stories hits 150 million daily users, full screen video ads enter testing

Instagram's Stories feature is still relatively new, but parent company Facebook is wasting no time in monetizing it. Today Instagram announced that full screen video ads will soon play within Stories, and it starts with partnerships with around 30 different businesses. From there, it seems safe to assume that Instagram will expand Stories ads quickly, letting more and more companies run ads.

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This is how to share iPhone Live Photos on Instagram

This is how to share iPhone Live Photos on Instagram

If you're an iPhone user and you've been itching for a way to upload your Live Photos to Instagram, then good news: you can now do exactly that by turning them into Boomerangs. Instagram is rolling out this new functionality right now, giving users a somewhat easy way to upload Live Photos to Instagram Stories. Best of all is the fact that you won't need to update the app to begin doing this - assuming your app is on the current version, you should see these features pop up automatically.

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Amid war with Snapchat, Instagram hits 600 million users

Amid war with Snapchat, Instagram hits 600 million users

There's been a lot of talk about Snapchat and the threat it poses to Instagram, but Instagram's latest user numbers show that it's still going strong. Instagram, which is a Facebook subsidiary, announced today that it has 600 million users. That's an impressive number, and quite a few more than Snapchat can boast.

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Now you can save you favorite Instagram thirst-traps

Now you can save you favorite Instagram thirst-traps

Instagram has always encouraged profligate "liking" of photos, but what if you want to come back to something you see in your timeline? That's being addressed today, with the new ability to save posts on Instagram to a private log. A new bookmark icon has been added to all public photos in the app; tap that, and the image is added to a special tab that only you can see.

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Instagram launches live videos in US – here’s how to use it

Instagram launches live videos in US – here’s how to use it

Instagram's live videos are going live for all users in the US today. We've known about this feature for a little while - first in an October leak that got to steep on its own for a while before Instagram confirmed that live videos were in the works. Today, live videos are being rolled out as part of the Stories feature.

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Instagram’s new anti-cyberbully tools: disabling and liking comments

Instagram’s new anti-cyberbully tools: disabling and liking comments

Instagram has introduced some new tools intended to reduce cyberbullying and improve positivity on its platform. All users will soon have access to a feature that was previously limited to select accounts: the ability to disable comments on a specific post. As well, Instagram is adding a way to ‘heart’ individual comments, bump followers from a private account, and anonymously report certain posts.

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Instagram sends alert when you screenshot ‘disappearing’ content

Instagram sends alert when you screenshot ‘disappearing’ content

Instagram recently introduced 'disappearing photos and videos' messaging, a Snapchat-'inspired' feature that allows you to send temporary content to someone directly, after which point it'll disappear. As with anything sent to someone else, though, the possibility exists that they'll save it, and the easiest way to do that is with a screenshot. Assuming someone does take a screenshot of your disappearing content, Instagram will send an alert letting you know.

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How to use Instagram disappearing photo and video messaging

How to use Instagram disappearing photo and video messaging

If you can't beat 'em, "borrow heavily" from 'em. Instagram isn't the only company to look to its competitors' strategies in order to keep pushing ahead, but the Facebook-owned photocentric social site certainly has a tendency to look to Snapchat for inspiration periodically. That seems to have led to the creation of Instagram's latest feature.

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Instagram says yes, it really is working on live video

Instagram says yes, it really is working on live video

Last month, hints surfaced indicating that Instagram is working on a live video feature. The move wouldn’t be surprising considering how many competing products already offer it. However, the company never outright confirmed that the feature is the pipeline…until now. Company CEO Kevin Systrom recently confirmed the news in an interview with the Financial Times, saying, “Live is really exciting for [Instagram]."

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Instagram Stories get mentions and Boomerang mode

Instagram Stories get mentions and Boomerang mode

Instagram has announced Boomerang mode for Stories; with it, users can generate mini videos composed of photos stitched together. The Boomerang videos play forward and backward, and can be shared as part of a larger story. Joining Boomerang mode is the addition of “@mentions” to stories, making it possible to mention other users the same way you would in a comment or caption. Instagram is also making it easier to 'see more' things related to stories.

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Here’s how the White House will transfer POTUS social media accounts

Here’s how the White House will transfer POTUS social media accounts

Regardless of who's elected next week, in January the US will see a new transfer of presidential power. There's something different about this particular transfer of power, though, as it will be happening in the social media age. President Obama is the first president to utilize social media heavily, so what happens to all of those social media accounts when he has to hand off executive power to his successor?

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The cool new tools Instagram won’t let you use

The cool new tools Instagram won’t let you use

Instagram has ramped up its efforts to monetize the photos users upload to their photo-based social network. Instagram is currently testing a system where brands are able to insert tags in photos. These tags link direct to a product page, which in turn allow the user to buy. Consumer-ready and aimed at making certain you're able to buy things as easy as possible.

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