Ubergizmo: Instagram Direct Now Has Support For Landscape And Web Links

Ubergizmo: Instagram Direct Now Has Support For Landscape And Web Links. “Instagram has rapidly been adding new features to its apps to enhance functionality for users. We’ve seen the Facebook-owned service add several new features over the past few weeks. It has made another feature-related announcement today. Instagram Direct, the service’s direct messaging platform, has received two new features today which include support for landscape and portrait orientations and web links.”

Social Media Examiner: How to Run an Instagram Story Takeover

Social Media Examiner: How to Run an Instagram Story Takeover. “Want to reach more people with your Instagram stories? Have you considered hosting an Instagram Story takeover to grow a larger following? Collaborating with highly engaged Instagram users will introduce their followers to your content. In this article, you’ll discover how to plan and execute an Instagram Story takeover.”

Wired: How Instagram Explore Became the Realest Place on the Web

Wired: How Instagram Explore Became the Realest Place on the Web. “EVERYBODY KNOWS INSTAGRAM is where you present your best self. There’s no better place for the perfect ‘candid’ photo that required four hours and two umbrella lights. Everyone knows brunch always looks two Michelin stars tastier with a Hefe filter. Instagram isn’t real life; it’s where everyone’s a reality star. Just one tab over from your feed, though, lies Explore, the most honest place on the internet.”

TechCrunch: Instagram deters deletion with reversible “archive” option

TechCrunch: Instagram deters deletion with reversible “archive” option. Love the snark: “When Instagrammers don’t get enough likes or think their posts look boring, they sometimes impetously delete them. But they can later regret this common emergent behavior which also deprives Instagram of monetizable content and your history in images that could keep you locked into the service.”

TechCrunch: Instagram Location Stories appear in Explore. Is Story Search Coming?

TechCrunch: Instagram Location Stories appear in Explore. Is Story Search Coming?. “It’s taking Instagram less and less time to copy Snapchat. Less than two months after Snapchat launched its Stories Search feature for seeing what’s going on at a location or related to a topic, Instagram is rolling out Location Stories to its Explore page.”

Snapchat leads augmented reality gains: researchers (Phys.org)

Phys.org: Snapchat leads augmented reality gains: researchers. “Augmented reality is seeing strong gains among Americans thanks to social networks like Snapchat, Instagram and Facebook, a market research firm said Monday. A new report by eMarketer said some 40 million Americans will engage with augmented reality monthly in 2017, up 30 percent over last year. Virtual reality is also growing, but at a slower pace, according to the researchers.”

Mashable: How to post Google Photos’ awesome animations to Instagram

Mashable: How to post Google Photos’ awesome animations to Instagram. “I’m constantly amazed by how great the automatically generated animations are, and it sure beats using a separate app like Burstio to convert your burst photos into a video or a GIF. There’s just one little thing: While you can download and share the animated GIFs online to Twitter, Giphy or wherever using a computer, sharing GIFs natively to Instagram is still impossible without first converting the file into a video. Here’s how to do that quickly and easily.”