Instagram surprises everyone with Stories feature not stolen from Snapchat

Instagram knows you like posts. But Instagram also knows you like Stories. And so, to capitalize on this unique insight, the Facebook-owned social media platform just put posts in your Stories so you can post while you Story.  Still with me?  Essentially, the update allows users to take a post from their Instagram feed and […]

Instagram officially launches re-sharing of posts to Stories

No, it’s not a “regram” option. Sorry!  But today, Instagram is officially launching a new feature that will allow users to re-share someone’s Instagram post with their friends via Instagram Stories – something it confirmed was in testing earlier this year. The idea with the new re-sharing option is to give users a way to add their […]

Facebook Stories reveals 150M daily viewers and here come ads

After 14 months of silence since launching, Facebook Stories has finally announced a 150 million daily active user count for its Snapchat Stories clone. And now it’s time to earn some money off it. Facebook Stories will start testing its first ads today in the U.S., Mexico and Brazil. They’re 5- to 15-second video ads […]

To make Stories global, Facebook adds Archive and audio posts

Facebook’s future rests on convincing the developing world to adopt Stories. But just because the slideshow format will soon surpass feed sharing doesn’t mean people use them the same way everywhere. So late last year, Facebook sent a team to India to learn what features they’d need to embrace Stories across a variety of local […]

Mozilla is bringing sponsored stories from Pocket to new tabs in Firefox 60

Mozilla has confirmed plans to introduce sponsored content to new tabs in the upcoming Firefox 60 release. The news comes just a few months after the company revealed it would begin experimenting with “an occasional sponsored story” within the Pocket recommendations section of new browser tabs in Firefox Beta. Following the trial, which…Read More Social – VentureBeat

WhatsApp’s stories hit 450M users, stealing the globe from Snapchat

Snapchat neglected the international market in its early years, and now WhatsApp has snatched that growth opportunity. WhatsApp’s clone of Snapchat Stories, WhatsApp Status, now has 450 million daily active users. That’s compared to just 191 million daily users on all of Snapchat as of today’s disastrous Q1 Snap Inc earnings call. Theupdate from today’s F8 […]

Snapchat scrambles to fix failed redesign, moves Stories to Discover

Snapchat’s redesign was a disaster. It cratered ad views and revenue and led Snapchat’s user count to actually shrink in March. That’s why CEO Evan Spiegel just announced a big reversal of the redesign’s worst part: We learned that combining watching Stories and communicating with friends into the same place made it harder to optimize […]

Stories are about to surpass feed sharing. Now what?

We’re at the cusp of the visual communication era. Stories creation and consumption is up 842 percent since early 2016, according to consulting firm Block Party. Nearly a billion accounts across Snapchat, Instagram, WhatsApp, Facebook, and Messenger now create and watch these vertical, ephemeral slideshows. And yesterday, Facebook chief product officer Chris Cox showed a […]

Facebook and Instagram users can now share to Stories directly from GoPro and Spotify

Facebook is working with apps on building integrations that will allow users to share their content directly to Stories on Facebook and Instagram. Facebook chief product officer Chris Cox made the announcement today during Facebook’s annual F8 conference for developers. The app integration with Stories is currently in beta. The first two comp…Read More Social – VentureBeat

Facebook wants to fix the ‘Happy Birthday’ spam problem by using Stories

Have you ever turned off Facebook’s notifications or even deleted the app entirely on your birthday, simply to avoid the non-stop barrage of alerts that someone had posted “Happy Birthday!” to your timeline? A fix may be in the works, as it turns out. An update to how Facebook will handle birthday notifications was given […]