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Leveraging TikTok for growth

Geneviève Patterson Contributor Share on Twitter Dr. Geneviève Patterson is co-founder and CSTO of TRASH. Hannah Donovan Contributor Share on Twitter Hannah Donovan is the founder and CEO of TRASH. Once you have a product, distributing it becomes the next challenge for any entrepreneur. At TRASH (one-tap video editing), we looked to TikTok ...
Tags: Amazon, Apps, Column, Asia, Media, Instagram, Entertainment, China, Tech, Beijing, Winnie, Qvc, Hannah Donovan, Tiktok, Charli D'Amelio, Geneviève Patterson


Instagram is testing a way to display posts in chronological order

In 2016, Instagram began messing with users’ feeds, much to fans’ chagrin. The posts they would see from the accounts they followed weren’t in order of when they were posted, but in order of what the app’s algorithm determined to be worth looking at. Thankfully, there might be some respite. Reverse engineer extraordinaire, Jane Manchun Wong, tweeted about a feature currently being tested, that will allow you to see the latest posts you missed out on. Instagram is working on “Latest Posts” feed f...
Tags: Startups, Apps, Instagram, Jane Manchun Wong


Instagram prototypes “Latest Posts” feature

Instagram users who miss the reverse chronological feed might get a new way to see the most recent pics and videos from who they follow. Instagram has been spotted internally prototyping a “Latest Posts” feature. It appears as a pop-up over the main feed and brings users to a special area showing the newest content from their network. Instagram Latest Posts For now, this doesn’t look like a full-fledged “Most Recent” reverse-chronological feed option like what Facebook has for the News Feed...
Tags: Social, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Instagram, Tech, Wong, Time Well Spent, Jane Manchun Wong, Digital Well-being, Instagram Time Well Spent, Instagram chronological feed


Facebook’s latest experiment is Hobbi, an app to document your personal projects

Facebook is adding another app to its group of experimental projects from the NPE Team, an initiative it announced last year focused on rapidly trying out new ideas in social to see how users react. This week, the team released its fourth app experiment with the launch of Hobbi, a photo and video sharing app designed for documenting your personal projects and hobbies. Though Hobbi takes obvious cues from Pinterest, it’s not just a pinboard of inspirational ideas. Instead, the app is designed to ...
Tags: Google, Social, Facebook, Apps, Pinterest, Instagram, Tech, NPE Team, Tangi, Hobbi, Columbia Belgium Spain


Instagram prototypes letting IGTV creators monetize with ads

Instagram may finally let IGTV video makers earn money 18 months after launching the longer-form content hub. Instagram confirms to TechCrunch that it has internally prototyped an Instagram Partner Program that would let creators earn money by showing advertisements along with their videos. By giving creators a sustainable and hands-off way to generate earnings from IGTV, they might be inspired to bring more and higher quality content to the destination. The program could potentially work sim...
Tags: Social, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Media, Instagram, Entertainment, Advertising Tech, Youtube, Tech, Bloomberg, Instagram Ads, Twitter Facebook, Partner Program, Sarah Frier, Facebook Watch


Instagram will now let you remove pity follows — here’s how you can do it

Welcome to TNW Basics, a collection of tips, guides, and advice on how to easily get the most out of your gadgets, apps, and other stuff. Whenever I travel, the easiest way to connect with fellow travelers is through Instagram. But after some weeks, those follows might be redundant. To reduce clutter on your timeline, Instagram has launched a new feature today that lets you check people you’ve least interacted within the past 90 days. Here’s how you can do it: Open the Instagram app on your phon...
Tags: Startups, Apps, Instagram, Basics


Gen Z fav photo editing app VSCO further expands into video

VSCO, the photo-sharing app that became a Gen Z meme, is expanding further into video. The company already supported video editing via its app, but users couldn’t publish and share the results of their long-form video content directly to the VSCO feed. That now changes, starting first with VSCO members on iOS. Video publishing has been a longtime request among the app’s users, the company says, and arrives at a time when video editing has been booming on VSCO’s platform. Over the past year, VSCO...
Tags: Apps, Video, Instagram, Tech, Ios Apps, Photo, Android Apps, Vsco, Video Editing, Dsco, Rylo, Rylo First


Byte tops a million downloads amid spam issues and content concerns

New short-form video app Byte, heralded as Vine’s successor, is off to a strong start despite its issues. The app, built by Vine co-founder Dom Hofmann, brings back the six-second videos made popular by Vine which was shut down in late 2016 after Twitter’s acquisition of the popular video-sharing platform. According to , Byte’s launch has been well-received with over 1.3 million downloads during its first week alone. The U.S. delivered the bulk of these new installs, followed by Great Britain t...
Tags: Apple, Apps, Twitter, Video, Taylor Swift, Instagram, Social Media, Tech, App, Mobile Apps, Canada, Vine, App Annie, Great Britain, Dom Hofmann, Byte


How Dubsmash revived itself as #2 to TikTok

Lip-syncing app Dubsmash was on the brink of death. After a brief moment of virality in 2015 alongside Vine (R.I.P), Dubsmash was bleeding users faster than it could recruit them. The app let you choose an audio track like a rap song or movie quote and shoot a video of you pretending to say the words. But there was nowhere in the app to post the videos. It was a creation tool like Hipstamatic, not a network like Instagram. There’s a reason we’re only using one of those today. So in 2017 Dubsm...
Tags: Social, TC, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Hollywood, Instagram, China, Berlin, US, America, Tech, Brooklyn, United States, Vine, Dubsmash


Facebook hits 2.5B users in Q4 but shares sink from slow profits

Facebook beat Wall Street estimates in Q4 but slowing profit growth beat up the share price. Facebook reached 2.5 billion monthly users, up 2%, from 2.45 billion in Q3 2019 when it grew 1.65%, and it now has 1.66 billion daily active users, up 2.4% from 1.62 billion last quarter when it grew 2%. Facebook brought in $21.08 billion in revenue, up 25% year-over-year, with $2.56 in earnings per share. But net income was just $7.3 billion, up only 7% year-over-year compared to 61% growth over 2018...
Tags: Social, TC, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Mark Zuckerberg, Instagram, Advertising Tech, US, Tech, Canada, Earnings, Capitol Hill, Ftc, Zuckerberg, Zack


Product Hunt launches beta of YourStack, a home for your favorite things

The team behind Product Hunt is launching a new social network called YourStack, a platform aiming to connect people that are passionate about products and help them discover what things their friends love. “It’s super simple, you just search through and create a stack of products you love.” Product Hunt founder Ryan Hoover tells TechCrunch. “We wanted to make sure it wasn’t just software, but also games and books and beauty products, you name it.” YourStack’s catalog doesn’t have every produ...
Tags: Startups, Apps, Twitter, Instagram, Tech, Hoover, Bernie Sanders, Ryan Hoover, Product Hunt, Angellist, YourStack


Yo Facebook & Instagram, stop showing Stories reruns

If I watch a Story cross-posted from Instagram to Facebook on either of the apps, it should appear as “watched” at the back of the Stories row on the other app. Why waste my time showing me Stories I already saw? It’s been over two years since Instagram Stories launched cross-posting to Stories. Countless hours of each feature’s 500 million daily users have been squandered viewing repeats. Facebook and Messenger already synchronized the watched/unwatched state of Stories. It’s long past ti...
Tags: Social, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Mark Zuckerberg, Instagram, Opinion, Tech, Instagram Stories, Facebook Stories, Time Well Spent, Mental Well-being


Instagram drops IGTV button, but only 1% downloaded the app

At most, 7 million of Instagram’s 1 billion-plus users have downloaded its standalone IGTV app in the 18 months since launch. And now, Instagram’s main app is removing the annoying orange IGTV button from its home page in what feels like an admission of lackluster results. For reference, TikTok received 1.15 billion downloads in the same period since IGTV launched in June 2018 . In just the US, TikTok received 80.5 million downloads compared to IGTV’s 1.1 million since then, according to resea...
Tags: Travel, Social, TC, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Mark Zuckerberg, Media, Instagram, Youtube, US, Bloomberg, Snapchat, Kevin Systrom, Sarah Frier, Lucas Shaw


App stores saw record 204 billion app downloads in 2019, consumer spend of $120 billion

Consumers downloaded a record 204 billion apps in 2019, up 6% from 2018 and up 45% since 2016, and spent $120 billion on apps, subscriptions and other in-app spending in the past year. The average mobile user, meanwhile, is spending 3.7 hours per day using apps. This data and more comes from App Annie’s annual report, “State of Mobile,” which highlights the biggest app trends for the past year, and sets forecasts for the years ahead. According to App Annie, the record growth in mobile downloads ...
Tags: Google, Startups, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, South Korea, Japan, Instagram, Indonesia, China, Time, Ios Apps, Netflix, Android Apps, App Stores, Tencent Video


Instagram tests Direct Messaging on web where encryption fails

Instagram will finally let you chat from your web browser, but the launch contradicts Facebook’s plan for end-to-end encryption in all its messaging apps. Today Instagram began testing Direct Messages on the web for a small percentage of users around the globe, a year after TechCrunch reported it was testing web DMs. When fully rolled out, Instagram tells us its website users will be able to see when they’ve received new DMs, view their whole inbox, start new message threads or group chats, s...
Tags: Google, Security, Social, TC, Facebook, Apps, Instagram, Tech, End-to-end Encryption, Facebook Messenger, Instagram Direct, Ftc, Facebook Instagram, Stamos, Alex Stamos, Facebook Messenger WhatsApp


Instagram adds Boomerang effects as TikTok looms

TikTok has spawned countless memes formats from its creative effects, challenging Instagram for the filtered video crown. Now nearly five years after launching Boomerang, Instagram’s back-and-forth video loop maker is finally getting a big update to its own editing options. Users around the globe can now add SlowMo, “Echo” blurring, and “Duo” rapid rewind special effects to their Boomerangs, as well as trim their length. This is the biggest upgrade yet for one of mobile’s most popular video c...
Tags: Social, TC, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Instagram, Tech, Snapchat, Boomerang, Instagram Stories, Jane Manchun Wong, Boomerang Instagram, Instagram Boomerang, Tiktok, Duo Boomerang


Zuckerberg ditches annual challenges, but needs cynics to fix 2030

Mark Zuckerberg won’t be spending 2020 focused on wearing ties, learning Mandarin, or just fixing Facebook. “Rather than having year-to-year challenges, I’ve tried to think about what I hope the world and my life will look in 2030” he wrote today on Facebook. As you might have guessed, though, Zuckerberg’s vision for an improved planet involves a lot more of Facebook’s family of apps. His biggest proclamations in today’s notes include that: AR – Phones will remain the primary computing pl...
Tags: Health, Social, TC, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Mark Zuckerberg, Instagram, Privacy, Government, Tech, Remote Work, Policy, Oculus, Augmented Reality, Zuckerberg


Zuckerberg ditches annual challenges to improve 2030

Mark Zuckerberg won’t be spending 2020 focused on wearing ties, learning Mandarin, or just fixing Facebook. “Rather than having year-to-year challenges, I’ve tried to think about what I hope the world and my life will look in 2030” he wrote today on Facebook. As you might have guessed, though, Zuckerberg’s vision for an improved planet involves a lot more of Facebook’s family of apps. His biggest proclamations in today’s notes include that: VR – Better virtual reality technology could add...
Tags: Health, Social, TC, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Mark Zuckerberg, Instagram, Privacy, Government, Tech, Remote Work, Policy, Oculus, Augmented Reality, Zuckerberg


How to Get Your Top 9 Instagram Posts Ready Before the End of 2019

As 2019 winds down, you can expect an influx of "top nine" Instagram posts on your feed. There's something extra special about getting to see your year broken down through a few photos, and sharing them with friends. For example, my 2019 feed is full of engagement, honeymoon, and wedding photos with my now-husband. Sorry to my followers who had to deal with all that mushy romance throughout the year! If you're looking to create your own top nine grid, the quickest (and easiest) way is through ...
Tags: Apps, Instagram, Religion, Digital Life, Tech Tips, Instagram Top Nine


Here's How to Find Your Instagram Top 9 Before Those End-of-Year 'Grams

As 2019 winds down, you can expect an influx of "top nine" Instagram posts on your feed. There's something extra special about getting to see your year broken down through a few photos, and sharing them with friends. For example, my 2019 feed is full of engagement, honeymoon, and wedding photos with my now-husband. Sorry to my followers who had to deal with all that mushy romance throughout the year! If you're looking to create your own top nine grid, the quickest (and easiest) way is through ...
Tags: Apps, Instagram, Religion, Digital Life, Tech Tips, Instagram Top Nine


Top 5 Famous Apps Built With React Native

By using the React Native framework, apps can be built and run on both Android and iOS platforms. These apps provide a seamless and smooth functioning experience to the users. React’s main purpose is that it supplies its power to native mobile apps development. Why some of the largest companies prefer using React Native? Facebook The reason React Native was developed was that Facebook aimed at reaping the advantages of web development such as rapid iterations, which aims in speeding ...
Tags: Facebook, Apps, Instagram, Seo, Skype, Instagram Instagram, Mobile App Development Company, React native mobile apps, Gyroscope Gyroscope


How to Get Your Instagram 'Top 9' This Year

It’s that time of year where everyone starts posting their “top” lists for the year. While most sites will provide that information to you directly in a form you can share with the masses, Instagram doesn’t offer a “Top” list directly.Read more...
Tags: Apps, Instagram, Lifehacks, 2019


This Week in Apps: the year and decade in review, gaming acquisitions and a Facebook OS

Welcome back to This  Week in Apps, the Extra Crunch series that recaps the latest OS news, the applications they support and the money that flows through it all. The app industry  is as hot as ever, with 194 billion downloads last year and more than $100 billion in consumer spending. People spend 90% of their mobile time in apps and more time using their mobile devices than watching TV. Apps aren’t just a way to waste idle hours — they’re big business, one that often seems to change overnight...
Tags: Apple, Ios, Google, Android, TC, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Games, Instagram, Youtube, China, Tech, Ios Apps, Developers, Snapchat


Now you can share multiple photos in a single story on Instagram with Layout

Instagram has introduced a new feature for everyone in Stories that lets users capture and share multiple photos in a single story from within the app itself. Via an app update, users will be able to post up to 6 photos in a single story through a simple interface that lets users choose between different layouts. Layout can be accessed via swiping to the end of the many features present in Instagram. There are currently 6 different layouts options, having space for 2 to 6 photos, with diffe...
Tags: Apps, News, Instagram, Blogging, Instagram Layout


How to Use Instagram's New Layouts Mode

A brand-new Instagram update has finally added a much-requested feature to the app: Users can upload a collage of multiple photos in a single Instagram story and use a new “Layout” mode to create more engaging story posts.Read more...
Tags: Apps, Photography, Instagram, Social Networks, Social Media, Lifehacks


Instagram hides false content behind warnings, except for politicians

Instagram is giving politicians the same free rein to spread misinformation as its parent company Facebook. Instagram is expanding its limited fact checking test in the US from May and will now work with 45 third-party organizations to assess the truthfulness of photo and video content on its app. Material rated as false will be hidden from the Explore and hashtag pages, and covered with an interstitial warning blocking the content in the feed or Stories until users tap again to see the post....
Tags: Social, TC, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Instagram, Government, US, Tech, Instagram Ads, Facebook Instagram, Adam Mosseri, Instagram Policy, Facebook fact-checking, Instagram Fact-checking, Instagram misinformation


Instagram to now flag potentially offensive captions, in addition to comments

Earlier this year, Instagram launched a feature that would flag potentially offensive comments before they’re posted. Now, the social media platform is expanding this preemptive flagging system to Instagram’s captions, as well. The new feature will warn users after they’ve written a caption for a feed post that Instagram’s A.I. detects as being similar to those that have already been reported for bullying. It will not, however, block users from publishing their hateful remarks. Instead, Instagra...
Tags: Social, Apps, Instagram, Bullying, Social Media, Tech, Abuse, Instead Instagram


The top mobile apps and games of 2019

Mobile consumers worldwide will have downloaded a record 120 billion apps from Apple’s App Store and Google Play by the end of 2019, according to App Annie’s year-end report on app trends. This represents a 5% increase from 2018 — a notable achievement given that the number doesn’t include re-installations or app updates. Consumer spending on apps, meanwhile, approached $90 billion in 2019 across both apps stores, up 15% from last year. The new report also examined the year’s biggest apps, inclu...
Tags: Apple, Ios, Google, Android, Google Play, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Hbo, Instagram, Indonesia, Disney, Tech, Netflix, Pandora, Tencent


Instagram founders join $30M raise for Loom work video messenger

Why are we all trapped in enterprise chat apps if we talk 6X faster than we type, and our brain processes visual info 60,000X faster than text? Thanks to Instagram, we’re not as camera-shy anymore. And everyone’s trying to remain in flow instead of being distracted by multi-tasking. That’s why now is the time for Loom. It’s an enterprise collaboration video messaging service that lets you send quick clips of yourself so you can get your point across and get back to work. Talk through a problem, ...
Tags: Google, Social, Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Mobile, Apps, Video, Enterprise, Instagram, Microsoft, Funding, Tech, Kevin Systrom, Mike Krieger, Slack


Facebook prototypes Favorites for close friends microsharing

Facebook is building its own version of Instagram Close Friends, the company confirms to TechCrunch. There’s a lot people that don’t share on Facebook because it can feel risky or awkward since its definition of “friends” has swelled to include family, work colleagues, and distant acquaintances. No one wants their boss or grandma seeing their weekend partying or edgy memes. There are whole types of sharing, like Snapchat’s Snap Map-style live location tracking, that feel creepy to expose to s...
Tags: Social, TC, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter, Instagram, Tech, Snapchat, Facebook Messenger, Lol, Wong, Second Facebook, Messenger Facebook, Facebook Stories



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