Instagram Stories adds no-frills photo-only posting from mobile web

 Instagram really wants the developing world on Stories. They won’t be able to use Instagram’s augmented reality masks or share videos, but starting today mobile web users can post to Instagram Stories. Previously, mobile web users could only view Stories, which have to be created in Instagram’s native apps. But now users can snap photos, overlay text captions, and share them… Read More

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Facebook Stories replaces Messenger Day with synced cross-posting

 Facebook is cleaning up the redundancy in its Snapchat Stories clones. Today Facebook is killing off the Messenger Day stories feature and replacing it with the 24-hour disappearing Facebook Stories slideshows inside Messenger. Now, just called “Stories”, posts in either Facebook or Messenger will appear in both apps, and viewing will be synced too so you won’t see a Story in… Read More

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Spiegel hopes to save Snapchat with an algorithmic stories feed

 Snap got destroyed by Wall Street today after a horrible Q3 earnings where revenue and user growth fell well under expectations. So to get things going in the right direction, CEO Evan Spiegel says Snapchat will make some bold moves not everyone will like. Specifically, it’s redesigning the app to be easier for older people to use, and its using data to power an algorithmically sorted… Read More

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Instagram injects 2X bigger Stories previews mid-feed

 Instagram Stories is doing so well, the app wants to ensure you don’t just scroll by its Snapchat clone. Instagram confirms to TechCrunch that it’s redesigned its mid-feed re-engagement box for Stories to show preview tiles of people’s slideshows that are twice as big as the Stories bar atop the feed. The box appears slotted between traditional permanent posts part way down… Read More

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Facebook Stories open to Pages, bringing brands to the ghost town

 No one’s posting to Facebook Stories. Only 8 of my 2800 friends have Stories up right now, and 3 came from the new ‘cross-post from Instagram Stories’ feature. Maybe younger or international demographics are, but I’d bet they’re too wrapped up in Snapchat and Instagram. It’s slow adoption for a feature cloned from Snapchat that’s proven wildly… Read More

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Facebook seriously needs its own Bitmoji

 Your Facebook profile used to be the online version of “you”. But over the past year, Bitmoji has usurped Facebook to become the preferred way to share your identity over the web. The Facebook profile assembles a collection of text and real-world photos into a fixed set of poses, making it more of a snapshot of the offline you ported into the digital realm rather than a vision of… Read More

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Instagram Stories launches cross-posting to Facebook Stories

 Facebook Stories might not be a ghost town for long. After testing in Portugal last month, TechCrunch spotted the option to syndicate your Instagram Stories to Facebook Stories appearing to US users. Now Facebook confirms this feature is officially rolling out. “You now have the option to share your Instagram Stories to your Facebook Stories. We’re always working to make it easier… Read More

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