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Beto O’Rourke and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez have mastered Instagram Stories

In a world increasingly obsessed with social media, today’s politicians have found a secret weapon: Instagram stories. By documenting their daily activities using Instagram’s Stories and Live features, rising political stars like Beto O’Rourke and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez have given supporters a rare glimpse at some of the most humanizing moments in their lives. For many,...CONTINUE READING
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Instagram expands shopping features to take on Amazon

Shopping on Instagram is about to become an even bigger business.  The company just announced two important updates to its growing e-commerce business: shoppable ads in Stories, which it first started began testing in June, will launch globally, and Instagram‘s Explore tab will get dedicated shopping channels.  SEE ALSO: Instagram adds 6 new meme-worthy Superzoom...CONTINUE READING
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Instagram adds 6 new meme-worthy Superzoom effects

Instagram Stories are about to get more dramatic. The app is adding six new “Superzoom” effects to its in-app Stories camera. SEE ALSO: Here’s the astonishingly simple hack to spice up your Instagram Stories In case you need a refresher, Superzoom is the camera feature, which lives alongside Boomerang and other effects, that creates three-second...CONTINUE READING
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Here’s the astonishingly simple hack to spice up your Instagram Stories

Instagram Stories have become a dominant force in our visual-obsessed culture, and a little-known hack is about to make it a bit GIF-ier. For this tutorial, a third-party keyboard is your secret weapon (Gboard, Bitmoji, and Giphy are all good options). SEE ALSO: Instagram turns to Facebook roots with university-based groupings But before we get...CONTINUE READING
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Instagram Stories are about to get even thirstier

Think Instagram Stories are already too thirsty? Just you wait. Instagram announced a new type of sticker on Tuesday that lets users ask followers for feedback from within their Story. SEE ALSO: Instagram‘s redesigned Explore tab is the newest social media time-sucker The new “questions” sticker, which was also spotted in the app last week,...CONTINUE READING
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Instagram is reportedly testing a ‘questions’ feature for Stories

Have a burning question for your most loyal Instagram followers? You might soon be able to ask them in your Stories. Instagram is reportedly testing a new feature that would let users ask their followers open-ended questions from within their Stories, according to a user who says they’re part of the test. SEE ALSO: Instagram...CONTINUE READING
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Instagram celebrates its latest milestone by letting you add music to your Story

Instagram Stories has blown through another big milestone. The nearly two-year-old feature now boasts 400 million daily users, the company announced on Thursday.  To celebrate, the app is adding a feature that’s likely to generate a lot of excitement among its Stories-loving users: the ability to add musical soundtracks to your posts. SEE ALSO: Instagram...CONTINUE READING
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Instagram gets group video chat, so we can all waste even more time in its app

Just in case you needed another excuse to spend more time in Instagram, you can now add the photo-sharing service to the list of apps that support group video calls.  Instagram is rolling out its group video chat features starting today, along with a redesigned Explore tab and new augmented reality features for Stories.  SEE...CONTINUE READING
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The only people left in my Snapchat feed are two Snap employees

Opening Snapchat lately feels like peering into the back of a dark, old wardrobe, and finding nothing but dust.  I still receive the odd enjoyable one-to-one or group Snap, but Snapchat’s desolation shows, badly, in the stories feed. SEE ALSO: 7 social media apps you totally forgot about — and what happened to them It’s...CONTINUE READING
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