Money Instagram’s Snapchat clone is now more popular than Snapchat

21:21  13 april  2017
21:21  13 april  2017 Source:   msn.com

No one is using Facebook stories, so it turned your friends into ghosts

  No one is using Facebook stories, so it turned your friends into ghosts Facebook launched a new story feature in its main app last week, adding a Snapchat-esque feed of ephemeral pictures and videos to the top of the News Feed. Now, instead of showing a sad, empty feed devoid of stories from any of your friends, Facebook is turning your friends into ghosts who aren’t hip enough to use stories. So, instead of the blank space that used to be there, Facebook will show grayed-out icons of some of your more frequently contacted friends, regardless of whether they’ve ever posted to their Facebook story before.

It might not be long until Snapchat ’ s business model fades as its messages do. In about eight months, Instagram Stories, the function of Facebook’ s image-sharing social network that allows users to post images and short videos that disappear after 24 hours, has amassed 200 million daily users

Instagram ' s Snapchat clone is now more popular than Snapchat —and it's only 8 months old. That places it ahead of Snapchat , which reported 161 million DAUs ahead of its February IPO. Instagram Stories launched last August.

It might not be long until Snapchat’s business model fades as its messages do.

In about eight months, Instagram Stories, the function of Facebook’s image-sharing social network that allows users to post images and short videos that disappear after 24 hours, has amassed 200 million daily users, it announced today. That’s more than the 161 million users that Snapchat, which pioneered the daily story feature, has attracted in the five years the company has existed.

Snap, the parent company of Snapchat which debuted on the New York Stock Exchange in February, wasn’t immediately available to comment on how many daily users it has now—the last reported figure was accurate through Dec. 31, 2016. But in Snap’s IPO filings, it revealed that user growth had slowed in recent quarters, and it’s very likely that Instagram’s copying of one of its main features has not helped it attract new users.

Snapchat just launched an attack on a key source of Facebook's ad revenue

  Snapchat just launched an attack on a key source of Facebook's ad revenue Snapchat is rolling out two new tools to bolster its ad offerings, one of which is aimed squarely at a key source of Facebook's mobile ad revenue.Snapchat is rolling out two new tools to bolster its ad offerings, one of which is aimed squarely at a key source of Facebook's mobile ad revenue.

Facebook' s top Snapchat clone Instagram Stories has hit 200 million daily active users, surpassing the last count of 161 million that Snapchat announced alongside This is just like how Facebook tried to claim their video service was more popular than YouTube because they set videos to auto-play on

For a while now , Facebook has been adding Snapchat -like features to its mobile apps, including Facebook, Instagram , Messenger, and WhatsApp. According to Instagram , more than 200 million people use Instagram Stories every day.

Since Facebook launched stories on Instagram, it has rolled out a similar feature to just about every social network it owns, including WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, and Facebook itself, regardless of whether the feature really fits in with how those networks are usually used. And today, Instagram announced a range of new features for Stories that it also copied from Snapchat, including being able to pin stickers to certain areas of a video post, and more city-specific images you can overlay onto posts. (Snapchat calls these “geofilters,” and Instagram calls them “geostickers.”)

It’s not clear what Facebook’s assault will have on the newly public Snap. But Facebook’s ability to quickly (and legally) copy any feature Snapchat has and send it out to upwards of 2 billion users at any given time was always likely to be a real concern for Snap’s long-term health. The vast majority of Snap’s revenue comes from advertisements on Snapchat, and a large slice of that comes from the video ads it shows between Stories. If that money dries up because its users switch to Facebook, and Snap hasn’t found something to replace it with, the company may well struggle to survive. At the time of publishing, Snap’s stock price was down roughly 1.5% on the day, to $20—only about $3 more than the original IPO price, and below the $24 price it debuted on the market.

Instagram Direct now combines permanent and ephemeral chats

  Instagram Direct now combines permanent and ephemeral chats Instagram is simplifying its messaging features today so that all conversations wind up in the same place. Until now, permanent and ephemeral messages would appear in two separate spots inside Instagram Direct: ephemeral at the top of the screen, permanent at the bottom. But starting today, ephemeral messages will begin appearing directly inside of permanent chat threads. They’ll still disappear once the photo or video has been viewed, but there’ll be a little note mentioning that something has been shared.

A Snapchat clone that’ s bigger than Snapchat . By Nick Statt@nickstatt Apr 13, 2017, 11:00am EDT. Snapchat only has around 160 million daily users. That makes that singular feature of Instagram more popular than all of Snapchat , the app that popularized stories as a concept and

Facebook' s been busy integrating features made popular by Snapchat into its own app. USA TODAY.

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Instagram is starting to crack down on fake account activity .
<p>Instagram is cracking down on fake account activity with the closing of Instagress, a popular third-party service that advertised itself as an automated way to "get real Instagram followers and become incredibly popular."</p>Instagress said it was forced to shut down its service, which let people pay to have their accounts automatically like and comment on other photos, "by request of Instagram" on Thursday. The tool is "like creating a small robot clone of yourself with the same interests and style, and then letting it work for you on Instagram" to gain followers, according to the now-shuttered Instagress website.

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