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SAN FRANCISCO, July 8, 2018 (News Wires) - Instagram is rolling out a feature that will notify users when they’ve seen all the latest posts from the past two days - in other words, when they’re “caught up.”

Over a billion iOS and Android users can rest assured that there are no new posts mixed in with already-seen photos or videos from the past 48 hours when they cross the point of “You’re All Caught Up.”

In a blog post announcing the feature, Instagram says “With this message, you’ll have a better understanding of your Feed.”

For those concerned about missing something from those they follow, it could ease up on repeated checking. The move follows initiatives by many of the big tech companies, such as Apple, Google and Microsoft to pay more attention to digital health by introducing ‘Do Not Disturb’ modes of varying kinds and offering new ways to configure notifications, silence apps and filter non-important messages.

Meanwhile other Facebook-owned app WhatsApp has recently added a new setting that will give admins of group chats the chance to silence other participants.

 

SAN FRANCISCO, June 29, 2018 (News Wires) - In a bid to add another billion users from emerging markets including India, Facebook-owned Instagram has quietly released a lighter version of its app called Instagram Lite for Android on Google Play.

Although Facebook was yet to release an official statement, the appearance of Instagram Lite is likely a pilot run in select countries to begin with.

There are millions of smartphone users in India who still have old variants with slow 2G Internet connectivity and Instagram Lite app can help them get in touch with friends and family.

"The Instagram Lite app is small, allowing you to save space on your phone and download it quickly," read the app's description on Google Play.

"At just 573 kilobytes, Instagram Lite is 1/55th the size of Instagram's 32MB main app. It lets you filter and post photos to the feed or Stories, watch Stories and browse the Explore page, but currently lacks the options to share videos or Direct message friends," TechCrunch reported late Thursday.

With this new version of the photo messaging app, users using older phones with less storage space or slower Internet connections would have access to Instagram without having to delete photos, apps or wait longer and pay more to download it.

The app would run on Android versions 5.0 and up.

"We are testing a new version of Instagram for Android that takes up less space on your device, uses less data and starts faster," an Instagram spokesperson told TechCrunch earlier.

With over a billion users, Instagram is a very popular app from the Facebook family. Facebook launched Facebook Lite in 2015, which had 200 million users by the end of last year. Facebook's Messenger Lite came in April this year.

Instagram this month announced it would allow users to upload videos up to one hour in length, up from the previous one-minute limit.

 

SAN FRANCISCO, June 29, 2018 (News Wires) - Facebook’s Instagram service is loosening its restraints on video in an attempt to lure younger viewers away from video platform YouTube when they’re looking for something to watch on their smartphones.

The expansion announced recently, dubbed IGTV, will increase Instagram’s video time limit from one minute to 10 minutes for most users. Accounts with large audiences will be able to go as long as an hour.

Video will be available through Instagram or a new app called IGTV. The video will eventually give Facebook more opportunities to sell advertising.

It’s the latest instance in which Instagram has ripped a page from a rival’s playbook in an effort to preserve its status as a cool place for young people to share and view content. In this case, Instagram is mimicking Google’s YouTube. Before, Facebook and Instagram have copied Snapchat – another magnet for teens and young adults.

Instagram, now nearly 8 years old, is moving further from its roots as a photo-sharing service as it dives headlong into longer-form video.

 

 

 

SAN FRANCISCO, June 23, 2018 (News Wires) - Instagram said it now has more than one billion active users, highlighting surging growth at the Facebook-owned social network focused on photo and video sharing.

The announcement came at an event hosted by Instagram chief Kevin Systrom announcing a new feature enabling users to share long-form videos up to one hour long.

“We have now a community of one billion users,” Systrom told the event in San Francisco.

Instagram becomes the fourth Facebook platform to hit the billion-user mark, including the namesake social network with more than two billion users, and the WhatsApp and Messenger services.

“Since our launch in 2010, we’ve watched with amazement as the community has flourished and grown,” Systrom said in a blog post.

“This is a major accomplishment.”

Instagram has been outpacing rival social networks such as Twitter and Snapchat and has been gaining younger users even as Facebook itself has seen declines in the youth segment.

In September, Instagram said it had some 800 million monthly active users. Systrom announced the launch of the IGTV platform which will have a separate smartphone app or can be watched from Instagram.

“The way we are watching video is changing,” Systrom told the event.

IGTV will enable any user to upload long-form videos and will also include “channels” from video “creators,” similar to a format employed by Google-owned YouTube.

“Anyone can be a creator - you can upload your own IGTV videos in the app or on the web to start your own channel,” Systrom said.

Systrom said IGTV is built to be used on a smartphone, and boosts the time for videos from the previous limit of one minute.

Facebook acquired Instagram in April 2012 for a combination of cash and stock worth some $1 billion at the time.

Since then it has become a strong enginer of growth for Facebook in terms of users and ad revenues.

While Facebook offers no detailed revenue breakdown, the research firm eMarketer estimates Instagram will generate $5.48 billion in net US ad revenue this year, up 70.4 per cent from last year and accounting for more than one-fourth of Facebook’s net mobile ad revenue.

SAN FRANCISCO, June 22, 2018 (News Wires) - Instagram said it now has more than one billion active users, as it unveiled a new long-form video feature in a bid to attract “creators” like those on YouTube.

It becomes the fourth Facebook platform to hit the billion-user mark, including the namesake social network with more than two billion users, and the messaging applications WhatsApp and Messenger.

Instagram, which had some 800 million users as of September, has been outpacing rival social networks such as Twitter and Snapchat and has been gaining younger users even as Facebook itself has seen declines in the youth segment.

Instagram chief executive Kevin Systrom announced the milestone as he unveiled the new video application known as IGTV.

“We have now a community of one billion users,” Systrom told the event in San Francisco.

“Since our launch in 2010, we’ve watched with amazement as the community has flourished and grown.”

As Facebook itself has moved deeper into video, Instagram will become a direct competitor to YouTube with IGTV.

IGTV will enable any user to upload long-form videos and will also include “channels” from video “creators,” similar to a format employed by Google-owned YouTube which has given rise to a number of YouTube “stars.”

“Anyone can be a creator - you can upload your own IGTV videos in the app or on the web to start your own channel,” Systrom said.

WASHINGTON, June 3, 2018 (News Wires) - Facebook is rapidly losing ground against rival internet platforms in attracting and keeping US teenagers, a survey showed recently.

The Pew Research Centre report confirms a trend seen in other surveys, showing a sharp drop in Facebook’s share of what had long been a core age segment for the huge social network.

The survey found 51 per cent of US teens ages 13 to 17 use Facebook, compared with 85 per cent for YouTube, 72 per cent for Instagram and 69 per cent who are on Snapchat.

The landscape has shifted since a 2014-15 Pew survey which found Facebook leading other social networks with 71 per cent of the teen segment.

According to the survey, 95 per cent of the teens survey said they used a smartphone and 45 per cent were online “almost constantly”, with both figures showing increases from prior surveys.

“The social media environment among teens is quite different from what it was just three years ago,” said Pew researcher Monica Anderson, the lead author of the report.

“Back then, teens’ social media use mostly revolved around Facebook. Today, their habits revolve less around a single platform. At the same time we’ve seen this shift, teens are more digitally connected than ever.”

The survey showed a split over the impact of social media on the lives of the teens.

Pew found 31 per cent said social media has had a mostly positive impact, with 24 per cent describing its effect as mostly negative. The remaining 45 per cent said it was neither.

Those who reported a positive impact cited the ability to stay connected, find news and people with similar interests.

Others who found social media harmful cited the potential for online bullying, spreading of false information and addiction.

Facebook is the world’s biggest social network with some two billion regular users.

But some surveys and analysts suggest it is losing appeal to younger users amid a rise in services like Snapchat and Facebook-owned Instagram.

A report earlier this year by the research firm eMarketer said Snapchat is drawing youths away from Facebook at a quicker clip than Facebook-owned Instagram.

According to eMarketer, Facebook will lose two million US users under the age 24 this year, offsetting those losses with gains among older users.

A report last year by investment firm Piper Jaffray showed Snapchat is the preferred social network for US teens, with 47 per cent using the platform.

 

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