Instagram Stories Now Available on the Web

· Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Instagram announced Thursday that the platform’s Stories will soon be viewable on the Web. This means IG users will be able to see them on a browser on Mac or PC, or on a mobile device if you don’t want to use the Instagram app. Previously they were available only in the app. Stories were essentially copied from SnapChat, and have proven immensely popular for Instagram, too. Stories last 24 hours only and are comprised of either live streams, videos, or stills. I’m not seeing them in my personal Instagram feed yet, but the company said that when they appear, they’ll be, “at the top of feed on mobile web, and to the right of your feed on desktop web.”

Instagram Stories Now Available on the Web

We Are the Surveillance State

· Bryan Chaffin · The Back Page

A well-dressed man wearing a warning sign that says

For years, civil libertarians have fretted and worried about the eyes of the state encroaching on our privacy, but it turns out that we, the people, have opted to surveil ourselves.

Instagram Testing Live Stories with Friends

· Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Instagram announced Tuesday that it’s testing the ability to do live Stories with friends. Users who are broadcasting live can tap a button that allows them to invite anyone who is watching to join in on the broadcast. The original Story broadcaster can remove and invite another, too. As shown in the screenshot, the original Story broadcaster is on top of the split screen, while the participant is on the lower half. Instagram said the feature is being tested by a “small percentage of our community,” and will be launched globally in the “next few months.” It’s all part of Facebook/Instagram’s slow, but steady attack on YouTube, as well as SnapChat, and I expect it to be a popular feature. Especially after some split Stories go catastrophically wrong.

Instagram Testing Live Stories with Friends

Snapchat Adds 2 New Features: Tint Brush and Multi-Snap

· Andrew Orr · Product News

Image of Snapchat logo. New Snapchat features include Multi-Snap and Tint Brush.

The new Snapchat features seem to bring it more in line with apps like Clips, and take it a step away from the instant gratification that originally made Snapchat explode in popularity.

Facebook Targets Snapchat with Instagram Stories

· Jeff Gamet · News

Instagram Stories

Watch out, Snapchat. Facebook is taking you on with its new Instagram Stories feature in Instagram. Like Snapchat, Instagram Stories lets you draw on photos and videos then post them where followers can see your impromptu works of art before they disappear 24 hours later.