New Instagram Updated Allows Users To Like Stories Without Sending DMs

The newest update rolled out by Instagram will allow users to like stories without sending the poster a DM. This means users can now ‘like’ a photo or video shared by someone on their Instagram Stories without showing up in their DMs. Instagram head Adam Mosseri made the announcement through a video which he shared on Twitter. Mosseri said in the video, “So now, as you go through Stories, between sending a message and that little paper airplane, there will be a heart icon.” Mosseri informed viewers that clicking on the heart icon will not send the poster any message, but will show up with the like count of the Story, along with it’s view count. This new feature is being called the ‘Story Like’.

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Meta Threatens to Take Down Facebook and Instagram Service in the EU

Meta Platforms Inc. is yet again threatening to pull it’s services from Europe if it is prevented from exporting user information back to US servers. This threat comes in response to a new law in the EU that mandates all companies gathering user information within the EU to store and process it on European servers. However, Facebook and Instagram process their data on both European as well as US servers, which is essential for targeted ads and businesses operated on these platforms.

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Instagram Remix Feature Not Exclusive to Reels, Expanded to All Videos

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Instagram, the Meta-owned image based social media platform, announces that it will be expanding the Instagram Remix feature to all public videos on their platform. They had first introduced the feature in 2021 for the short-video format available on Instagram, called Instagram Reels. Using this feature, a creator can ‘remix’ their own video with existing Instagram Reels by themselves or by other users. Therefore, the final outcome appears like a split view. Thus viewers are able to watch a stitched together version of both the short clips. As per the latest Instagram update, users can now use the Instagram Remix with more functionalities. Users can now create remixes with regular Instagram videos which are publicly posted. Moreover, the update will bring a longer time limit.

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Meta Takes Multiple Spots in the Most Popular Apps (2021) List

With the year wrapping to a close, it is only fitting to look back at the events of the year past. Thus, Apptopia, a consultation company, has come out with its ranked list of the most popular apps of 2021 globally.

Before beginning with the list, it should be kept in mind that there were some minor differences in the process of compiling ratings for apps globally and for the United States specifically. The list of most popular apps globally in 2021 includes apps that were downloaded the most number of times on both iOS and Android. With that, let us begin with the rankings of the most popular apps globally (2021).

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Instagram to Prioritize Reels in 2022

In the upcoming new year of 2022, Instagram is going to be focusing primarily on video content. This strategy by the company includes an emphasis on the “Reels” feature offered by them. Adam Mosseri, Instagram’s head, has stated in a video message that the photo sharing platform intends to double down on video and focus on Reels in 2022. Mosseri also mentioned that the Meta-owned company intends to consolidate its video products around Reels and plans to continue growing that product.

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Apple Releases List of Top 10 Most Popular App Store Apps for India in 2021

With December upon us, the end of the year is fast approaching. It is, thus, only apt that we retrospect and take look at the apps that garnered the most popularity among smartphone users in 2021. Recently, Apple released its list of apps and games that enjoyed the most popularity in 2021 in the Apple App Store. The list, of course, includes the expected apps, but features some unexpected names as well. Listed below are the ten apps that were most popular in India in 2021.

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Instagram is Trying Out New ‘Take a Break’ Feature for iOS Devices

Adam Mosseri, CEO of Instagram, said in an announcement today that the platform is going to begin beta testing a new feature from this week – one that he, personally, is very excited about. The feature in question is “Take a Break”, a new digital wellness initiative from Instagram. True to its name, the new feature is programmed to remind users who stay on the platform for extended time periods to “Take a Break”.

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Instagram Now Made The Auto-Caption Feature Available In Stories

Instagram has brought forth a new feature. This is a captions sticker feature that will interpret the speech present in the videos. This will for now, be available in “English and English-speaking countries”. But it will soon be available in other countries and languages too. Instagram has also said that they will be testing this feature in Reels too.

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New Tool Coming Up For Instagram Influencers

Good news for the brands and influencers. Facebook-owned Instagram is now making a marketplace where brands can directly come in touch with influencers who they want for promotion of their brand products.

In a live video on Instagram, CEO of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg and Instagram head Adam Mosseri made this announcement. Mosseri said, “Branded content is the economic engine behind the creator ecosystem. Matchmaking is something we can add a lot of value for.”

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