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Instagram closes in on one billion monthly users

Instagram closes in on one billion monthly users

Instagram's user base keeps on growing, and that growth seems to be accelerating. Today Instagram revealed that it now has 800 million monthly active users, a figure that has added an impressive 100 million since April of this year. That's impressive growth on its own, but the climb Instagram has experienced in daily active users is even more noteworthy.

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Instagram is testing a ‘follows you’ feature on Android

Instagram is testing a ‘follows you’ feature on Android

It appears Instagram will finally add a 'follows you' feature that makes it possible to see whether another user is following you on the social network. This feature has popped up in testing for users in the Android app, though it doesn't seem to be widespread at this time. The new 'follows you' tag appears on the the Instagram user's bio page, though if you're not seeing one now, the feature simply may not be available to you yet.

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Instagram Live Video face filters will give Snapchat deja-vu

Instagram Live Video face filters will give Snapchat deja-vu

Earlier this year, Instagram added face filters to its service, allowing users to add special effects to their selfies. Those face filters served to further blur the line between Instagram and Snapchat, and today Instagram is taking it one step forward by adding those same face filters to Live Videos. With this new feature, you'll be able to swap between your face filters as your friends watch you in real time.

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Instagram hackers now selling millions of users’ data

Instagram hackers now selling millions of users’ data

Earlier this week, hackers took advantage of an Instagram bug to target the accounts of celebrities and verified users, even gaining access to Selena Gomez's, but it turns out they also managed to make off with personal information for roughly six million other users. When Instagram came forward admitting their glitch was responsible (and had subsequently been fixed), they said that the breach was limited to verified accounts; but it's become clear the attack is much more widespread than expected.

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Instagram Stories arrive on desktop, mobile web uploading inbound

Instagram Stories arrive on desktop, mobile web uploading inbound

Following news that Facebook is testing Stories on its desktop product, Instagram has taken the plunge and launched its own Stories feature for desktop users, removing its mobile limitation. In addition, Instagram will soon allow its users to upload content to their accounts using mobile web instead of the app, though desktop users won't get that ability.

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Instagram brings portrait and landscape photos to batch posts

Instagram brings portrait and landscape photos to batch posts

It wasn't too long ago that Instagram introduced the ability to share more than one photo in the same post, and now it is improving that feature. Going forth, and assuming you've updated to the 12th version of Instagram on iOS or Android, you can upload more than one photo in the same post even if they have a landscape or portrait orientation, building upon the ordinary square that was previously supported.

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Instagram makes sliding into DMs more graphic

Instagram makes sliding into DMs more graphic

Instagram's Direct messaging is getting an upgrade, with the ability to reply to posts with stickers or even split-screen selfies. The new feature is billed as a way to have "visual conversations" by the company, though without them taking place publicly. It should cut down on "what photo were you talking about?" confusion in chats, too.

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Instagram adds comment threads to make conversations easier

Instagram adds comment threads to make conversations easier

Instagram has finally introduced comment threads, making conversations easier to follow by indenting replies posted to specific existing comments. Threaded comments have already been available on Facebook for a long while, and they have made their way to some other services, too. It only makes sense to introduce them on Instagram, where viewers have the ability to comment on shared photos and videos.

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Instagram Live can soon become a two-person show

Instagram Live can soon become a two-person show

There is no shortage of live streaming services these days, from popular ones like YouTube and Facebook to sometimes more niche services that very few know about. Most of these services, however, are mostly geared towards mass broadcasters or mass participation. Instagram Live, in contrast was conceived with only one person as the star. That, however, may no longer be true in the near future, with Instagram Live now testing the ability to add a co-host to your stream.

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Apple Instagram makes #ShotoniPhone the star

Apple Instagram makes #ShotoniPhone the star

Fashionably late or just... late? Apple has finally joined Instagram, and just as the media-centric social network has become the go-to place for people to show off their glamorous lifestyles and myriad talents (even if that demands some very careful framing and a bucket-load of filters), so the Cupertino behemoth is using its account to pimp its own abilities. Namely, its iPhone cameras.

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Instagram Stories: 1 year on, Snapchat should be terrified

Instagram Stories: 1 year on, Snapchat should be terrified

It was a year ago today that Instagram rolled out a new feature called Stories, which allows users to post videos and photos to a feed that lasts 24 hours before disappearing. It sounded instantly familiar, as it was basically a copy of Snapchat's own Stories feature, and those similarities were all a lot of people talked about after the reveal. It's fitting, then, that a year later we're talking about those similarities once again, but for vastly different reasons.

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New Instagram Visual Replies update [APK Download]

New Instagram Visual Replies update [APK Download]

Today a major Instagram update was released with new ways to reply to Instagram friends. Users will be able to reply to Instagram Stories with this update in a couple of different ways. New ways, that is, not just the old ways. The new ways include replying with a video and replying with a photo - as yet there is no way to reply to an Instagram Story with another Instagram Story, but that would be neat - and completely crazy.

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