Two of the most popular apps in the App Store, Instagram and TikTok, are starting to introduce subscription options.
Instagram Subscriptions New Way to Support Your Favorite Users
Instagram Subscriptions, launching on Wednesday, is a way for people to support their favorite profiles. TechCrunch reports:
Through the Subscriptions product, creators can choose their own price point for access to their exclusive content. There are eight different price points to choose from, starting at $0.99 per to month to as much as $99.99 per month, depending on how much a creator believes their content is worth. Most creators will likely start towards the bottom of that range, at price points like $0.99, $1.99, $2.99, $4.99, or maybe even $9.99 per month, before experimenting with higher pricing like $19.99, $49.99, or $99.99 per month.
Instagram's Takedown of Metaverse Account Proves You Own Nothing on Web
The New York Times reports how Meta-owned Instagram blocked an @metaverse account, claiming it was impersonating someone else. The account has since been restored to its original owner, but the saga shows how you don’t truly own anything on Web 2.0.
“This account is a decade of my life and work. I didn’t want my contribution to the metaverse to be wiped from the internet,” she said. “That happens to women in tech, to women of color in tech, all the time,” added Ms. Baumann, who has Vietnamese heritage.
I disagree with that quote, however. I think Instagram would’ve taken the handle from anyone, regardless of gender or race.
Instagram Rolling Out New Teen Safety and Parental Control Features
Instragram’s Take a Break feature, which encourages younger users to stop scrolling is now available in various countries. The company also release a blog post outlining further moves it will be making in a bid to protect younger users.
We’ll be taking a stricter approach to what we recommend to teens on the app, we’ll stop people from tagging or mentioning teens that don’t follow them, we’ll be nudging teens towards different topics if they’ve been dwelling on one topic for a long time and we’re launching the Take a Break feature in the US, UK, Ireland, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, which we previously announced. We’ll also be launching our first tools for parents and guardians early next year to help them get more involved in their teen’s experiences on Instagram. Parents and guardians will be able to see how much time their teens spend on Instagram and set time limits. And we’ll have a new educational hub for parents and guardians.
Ireland's Inquiry Into Instagram's Usage of Kids' Data Moves Forward
Ireland’s data protection regulator DPC submitted a draft decision and sent it to other data protection authorities in the EU.
Report Shows Instagram Getting Ready to Launch Subscription
App analytics platforms Sensor Tower and Apptopia show that Instagram is preparing to launch a subscription service.
Both Sensor Tower and Apptopia track the mobile app ecosystem, which includes monitoring chart movements, app engagement and gathering app marketing intelligence data, among other things. But they also track the other less noticeable changes that apps tend to make — like rewriting their App Store descriptions, swapping out their screenshots, or — as in this case — adding new in-app purchases to their App Store listings.
Instagram Abandons IGTV Branding, Says App is No Longer About Photo Sharing
In June, Instagram head Adam Mosseri said the app was no longer a photo-sharing app. The Facebook-owned platform is dropping IGTV in favor of “Instagram Video.”
The IGTV app, however, isn’t going away. Instagram tells us it will now be rebranded as “Instagram Video” and will host the “Instagram Video” formatted content, along with Instagram Live videos. But it will not host Reels videos.
With today’s update, users will still be able to upload their non-Reels videos in the same way as before — by clicking on the plus sign (+) in the top-right corner of the Instagram home page and selecting “Post.” Videos can be up to 60 minutes in length.
Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp All Down [Updated]
Facebook and other services that it owns – Instagram and WhatsApp were down for users around the world on Monday.
Worry Not, Facebook Has Paused 'Instagram Kids'...For Now
In light of an investigation from the Wall Street Journal, the company announced it will pause its project to create Instagram Kids.
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