Instagram adds shopping tags directly into Stories

Instagram’s shoppable tags are about to pop up in Stories. The company started testing the feature back in 2016 with a limited set of 20 partners. Since then it’s been a hit, expanding broadly to regular brand posts in the feed. Starting today, hitting a little shopping bag sticker in a Story will lead you […]

Stop adding Stories to every app

OPINION: Every few months, it seems another company decides to copy Snapchat’s Stories feature that lets users create approximately 10-second videos their followers can view for just 24 hours. Instagram announced it was introducing Stories in 2016, followed by YouTube, Facebook, and Skype in 2017. Even dating apps like  Bumble and Match have starte…Read More Social […]

Facebook adds polls to Messenger Stories

As a sign of its continued investment in Stories, Messenger today announced the introduction of polls in Stories. Both Instagram and Facebook Stories already give users the option to add a poll to their photos and videos. As with Facebook and Instagram Stories, users will first upload a photo or video and then select a […]

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 […]

Facebook rolls out Stories archive and voice posts, starting in India

Facebook is introducing a slew of updates to its Stories and Camera features, starting with users in India. The changes are mostly designed to give users more ways to save photos and videos directly on Facebook. First, users will be able to save photos and videos taken with the Facebook Camera on Facebook. Currently, it […]

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 […]

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

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 […]