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Josh Constine leaves TechCrunch for VC fund SignalFire

How do you leave the place that made you? You figure out what it made you for. TechCrunch made me a part of the startup ecosystem I love. Now it’s time to put that love into action to help a new generation of entrepreneurs build their dreams and tell their stories. So it’s “TC to VC” for me. After 8.5 years at TechCrunch and 10 in tech journalism, I’m leaving today to join the venture team at VC fund SignalFire. I’m going to be a principal investor and their head of content. I’ll be seeking out ...
Tags: Apple, Social, Fundings & Exits, TC, Facebook, Instagram, Berlin, San Francisco, Tech, Venture Capital, Evan Spiegel, Talent, Bing, Matthew Panzarino, Chris Farmer, Eric Eldon


Covid-19 Prompts Instagram to Speed Up Work on Its Memorialization Features

Speeding up the release of new features is generally a positive thing at social platforms, but in this case, the need being filled is a somber one. Blogger and developer Jane Manchun Wong discovered an account memorialization feature in Instagram's code and shared it in a tweet. Instagram is working on account memorialization disclaimer: I'm...
Tags: Instagram, Advertising, Jane Manchun Wong, Social Pro Daily, Coronavirus


Facebook Messenger preps Auto Status location type sharing

Facebook Messenger could soon automatically tell your closest friends you’re at the gym, driving, or in Tokyo. Messenger has been spotted prototyping a ported version of the Instagram close friends-only Threads app’s Auto Status option that launched in October. The unreleased Messenger feature would use your location, accelerometer, and battery life to determine what you’re up to and share it with a specific subset of your friends. But instead of sharing your exact coordinates, it overlays an...
Tags: Social, TC, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Instagram, Tech, Facebook Messenger, Aol, Tokyo, Location Sharing, Wong, Jane Manchun Wong, Robby Stein, Instagram Threads, Facebook Messenger emoji status


New Instagram feature lets friends quarantined apart watch videos together (FB)

Instagram has launched a new feature called Co-Watching that allows users to share photos and videos over video chat to watch together. The new feature has rolled out globally, and became available to US users on Tuesday, Instagram told Business Insider. Instagram has long been testing this feature — it was spotted back in April 2019 — but the company decided to make it available amid the coronavirus pandemic to offers users more ways to "come together right now" during the time of quarantine ...
Tags: Instagram, US, Trends, Nasa, United States, Business Insider, Business Insider Instagram, Jane Manchun Wong


Instagram sped up rollout on its new feature that lets friends quarantined apart watch videos together (FB)

Instagram has launched a new feature called Co-Watching that allows users to share photos and videos over video chat to watch together. The new feature has rolled out globally, and became available to US users on Tuesday, Instagram told Business Insider. Instagram has long been testing this feature — it was spotted back in April 2019 — but the company decided to make it available amid the coronavirus pandemic to offers users more ways to "come together right now" during the time of quarantine ...
Tags: Apple, Instagram, US, Trends, United States, Business Insider, Business Insider Instagram, Jane Manchun Wong


Instagram Tests Mirror Mode for Stories Camera

Instagram is testing a new Stories Camera mode, Mirror, which offers kaleidoscope-like filters. Blogger and developer Jane Manchun Wong discovered the feature and shared images in a tweet, and an Instagram spokesperson confirmed the test to Wong. Instagram is testing a new "Mirror" Story Camera mode, providing various kaleidoscope-like filters A Instagram spokesperson told me...
Tags: Instagram, Advertising, Jane Manchun Wong, Social Pro Daily, Wong Instagram, Mirror Story Camera


Facebook Testing Cross-Posting Stories to Instagram

Facebook is testing a new feature that would allow Facebook Stories to be cross-posted to Instagram Stories, reports TechCrunch. Right now, Instagram Stories can be shared to Facebook Stories, but the reverse is not possible. The new option would allow Stories to be shared interchangeably from one platform to another. Jane Manchun Wong, who often digs into unreleased features in social media apps, discovered the option to share a Facebook story to Instagram in the Facebook for Android app. I...
Tags: Facebook, Instagram, Facebook Instagram, Instagram Stories, Facebook Stories, Facebook Story, Jane Manchun Wong, Open Facebook, Instagram From Facebook, TechCrunch Right now Instagram Stories


Facebook Stories tests cross-posting to its pet, Instagram

Facebook’s latest colonization of Instagram has begun. Facebook is testing the option to cross-post Stories to Instagram, instead of just vice-versa. Hopefully, that means the two apps will finally sync up the ‘already viewed’ status of cross-posted Stories so we don’t have to watch re-runs any more, as I harped about in January. If fully launched, the cross-posting feature could save social media managers and average users time while letting them maximize the views on the content they cre...
Tags: Social, TC, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Instagram, Tech, Snapchat, Instagram Facebook, Instagram Stories, Facebook Stories, Facebook Story, Jane Manchun Wong, Facebook for Android, Facebook Stories Instagram Stories, Open Facebook


Instagram Is Testing a Latest Posts Feature

It's not quite the return of the chronological feed, but Instagram is internally testing an alternative. Blogger and developer Jane Manchun Wong discovered a Latest Posts feature in the code for the Facebook-owned photo- and video-sharing network, sharing a screenshot in a tweet. Instagram is working on "Latest Posts" feed for catching up feed posts...
Tags: Facebook, Instagram, Advertising, Jane Manchun Wong, Social Pro Daily


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


Instagram tests IGTV ads that let creators monetize their vids

Instagram might finally be allowing its stars — its IGTV stars, that is — to make money directly from their content. It’s internally testing a Partner Program that lets IGTV creators run ads on their videos. If it works on Facebook, then why not give it a try on Instagram? It’s better than nothing, which is basically what creators have had up to this point. Instagram is working on IGTV Ads to let influencers monetize their content by running short ads on their IGTV Videos pic.twitter.com/wOhbnps...
Tags: Startups, Facebook, Instagram, Social Media, Jane Manchun Wong, IGTV


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 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


Facebook Is Working on Favorites, Its Version of Instagram’s Close Friends

The parent is borrowing from the child, as Facebook is testing Favorites, its version of Instagram's Close Friends feature. Developer and blogger Jane Manchun Wong discovered the feature last week and shared screenshots via Twitter. Facebook/Messenger is testing "Favorites" list for Stories It's like Instagram's Close Friends pic.twitter.com/dsIinrX1Zd -- Jane Manchun Wong (@wongmjane) November 21,...
Tags: Facebook, Instagram, Advertising, Twitter Facebook Messenger, Jane Manchun Wong, Social Pro Daily


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


Instagram is testing a feature to clean up your pity follows

We’ve all been there: You meet someone who wants to stay in touch later, but you don’t want to share your number with them. So you turn to the next best thing — Instagram. These are people whom you follow out of courtesy, but don’t interact with much. Don’t worry, Instagram is testing a feature that might help you out unfollow some of them. According to app researcher Jane Manchun Wong,the social network is experimenting with a feature to let you group accounts — and it’ll even corral those cour...
Tags: Startups, Apps, Instagram, Jane Manchun Wong


Instagram might soon let you post group stories

Instagram might finally let you make stories for your group. According to app researcher Jane Mancun Wong, the company is currently testing out this feature in one of the app’s test builds. Screenshots posted in Wong’s tweet indicates once you snap a photo from the stories camera option, it’ll let you post it to your stories, stories visible to only close friends, and stories for a group. Plus, you’ll be able to create a new group and post your story there too. Instagram is testing Group Story p...
Tags: Startups, Apps, Instagram, Wong, Jane Manchun Wong, Jane Mancun Wong


Instagram unlikable? A brief analysis of the impact of the proposed “unliking” of Instagram

Last month, digital hobbyist Jane Manchun Wong discovered some inactive lines of code in Instagram that would turn off the display of likes on Instagram posts. Initially, Instagram claimed no immediate plans to test the functionality, but about 2 weeks later at the F8 Conference on April 30th, Facebook announced that it would shortly begin a limited test in Canada. It’s a small but significant change. You’d still be able to like something, but the exchange would become a personal exchange betwe...
Tags: Facebook, Instagram, Social Media, Seo, Content Marketing, Blogging, Canada, Digital Media, Dara, The Marketing Economy, Instagram Likes, Jane Manchun Wong, Instagram Checkout, Initially Instagram, Dara Pollak, Instagram Business API


Instagram experiments with hiding like counts from your newsfeed to create a 'less pressurized environment'

Instagram is testing hiding users' likes on the newsfeed. Head of Instagram Adam Mosseri told BuzzFeed the goal was to create a "less pressurized environment." Mosseri said the inspiration for the trial came from Instagram's popular Stories feature. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Instagram is testing hiding users' likes on the newsfeed in an effort to make the platform less of a drain on people's self-worth. Instagram announced the change at Facebook's annual developer's ...
Tags: Facebook, Instagram, Trends, Canada, Adam Mosseri, Mosseri, Jane Manchun Wong, Samsung Galaxy Fold


Instagram officially tests hiding Like counts

Would we feel less envious, shameful and competitive if Instagram didn’t tell us how many Likes a post received? That’s the idea behind Instagram now hiding Like counts from both a post’s viewers and its author as part of an experiment in Canada. A post’s creator can still open the Likers window to see the names of everyone who hearted their post, but they’d have to count them manually. Even though Like totals would still impact how the algorithm ranks a post in the feed, if rolled out, the c...
Tags: Social, TC, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Instagram, Tech, Canada, Kevin Systrom, Instagram Feed, Instagram Stories, Liker, Jane Manchun Wong, Digital Well-being, F8 2019, Mike Krieger Systrom


Instagram is mulling a new feature that would hide from others how many likes you get on your posts (FB)

Instagram is testing a change to the app where the number of likes on your posts would be hidden to everyone besides yourself. Reverse engineer Jane Manchun Wong discovered the unreleased feature, and posted screenshots to Twitter. An Instagram spokesperson says the feature isn't being tested "at the moment," but the company is always considering " ways to reduce pressure" on the app. Visit BusinessInsider.com for more stories. Instagram may be considering a major change to the app tha...
Tags: Instagram, Trends, Jeff Bezos, Jack Dorsey, Dorsey, Wong, Eric Yuan, Jane Manchun Wong, Twitter Comms, Twitter An Instagram


Instagram could hide the number of likes on photos

In a recent development, Facebook-owned Instagram is considering hiding the number of likes a post gets. This unreleased feature was first noted by social media researcher Jane Manchun Wong, who constantly discovers hidden changes within social media applications. According to Instagram, " We want your followers to focus on what you share, not how many likes you get. During this test, only the person who shared a post will see the total number of likes it gets." Instagram is testing hiding l...
Tags: Facebook, Apps, News, Instagram, Blogging, Rumors, Jane Manchun Wong, British Information Commissioner 's Office, Instagram Hide Likes


Instagram hides Like counts in leaked design prototype

“We want your followers to focus on what you share, not how many likes your posts get. During this test, only the person who share a post will see the total number of likes it gets.” That’s how Instagram describes a seemingly small design change test with massive potential impact on users’ well-being. Hiding Like counts could reduce herd mentality, where people just Like what’s already got tons of Likes. It could reduce the sense of competition on Instagram, since users won’t compare their...
Tags: Social, Mobile, Apps, Instagram, Likes, Tech, Snapchat, Kevin Systrom, Wong, Instagram Feed, Jane Manchun Wong, Instagram redesign


Facebook prototypes a swipeable hybrid carousel of feed posts & Stories

Feed and Stories unite! Facebook is so eager to preempt the shift to Stories that it might even let us use the same interface of horizontally swipeable cards to sift through News Feed posts. If users won’t scroll down any more, Facebook’s ad business could take a huge hit. But by allowing traditional feed posts and ads to appear amidst Stories in the same carousel you’re more prone to swipe through, it could squeeze more views and dollars out of that content. This would help Facebook graceful...
Tags: Social, Startups, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Instagram, Advertising Tech, Facebook Ads, Facebook News Feed, Instagram Stories, Facebook Stories, Stories Facebook, Jane Manchun Wong, Snapchat Stories Clone, Facebook Stories Ads


Facebook appears to be considering putting Messenger back in its main app (FB)

Facebook is thinking about re-adding Messenger to its core app. The company split it out years ago, forcing users to download an additional app to message their friends. A researcher digging through Facebook's code has found suggestions that it is now considering bringing it back into the fold. Facebook appears to be considering re-adding Messenger to its core app, years after removing it and spinning it out into a separate app. Jane Manchun Wong, a tech researcher who digs into popular apps'...
Tags: Facebook, Messenger, Instagram, Elizabeth Warren, Trends, Silicon Valley, Andreessen Horowitz, Signal, Watch Google, Jane Manchun Wong


Foursnap? Snapchat tries ‘Status’ location check-ins

Today’s teens missed the Foursquare era, so Snapchat is giving them another shot with a new feature to aid in-person meetups. Snapchat is now testing Status, an option to share to the Snap Map a Bitmoji depicting what you’re up to at a certain place. You could show your little avatar playing video games, watching TV, asking friends to hit you up and more. And Snapchat will compile these into a private diary of what you’ve been doing, called Passport This fixes the biggest problem with Snap Map a...
Tags: Social, TC, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Mark Zuckerberg, Instagram, Australia, Tech, Snapchat, Location Sharing, Foursquare, Luckily Facebook, Snap Inc, Snap Map, Jane Manchun Wong


Instagram prototypes video co-watching

The next phase of social media is about hanging out together while apart. Rather than performing on a live stream or engaging with a video chat, Instagram may allow you to chill and watch videos together with a friend. Facebook already has Watch Party for group co-viewing and in November we broke the news that Facebook Messenger’s code contains an unreleased “Watch Videos Together” feature. Now Instagram’s code reveals a “co-watch content” feature hidden inside Instagram Direct Messaging. It’...
Tags: Social, Startups, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Mark Zuckerberg, Media, Instagram, Entertainment, Facebook Messenger, Kevin Systrom, Mike Krieger, Instagram Direct, Sxsw, Insta, Josh Constine


Facebook wants up to 30% of fan subscriptions vs Patreon’s 5%

Facebook will drive a hard bargain with influencers and artists judging by the terms of service for the social network’s Patreon-like Fan Subscriptions feature that lets people pay a monthly fee for access to a creator’s exclusive content. The policy document attained by TechCrunch shows Facebook plans to take up to a 30 percent cut of subscription revenue minus fees, compared to 5 percent by Patreon, 30 percent by YouTube which covers fees, and 50 percent by Twitch. Facebook also reserves...
Tags: Apple, Google, Social, TC, Facebook, Ecommerce, Apps, Instagram, Facebook Pages, Youtube, Tech, Creators, Portugal, Payments, Twitch, Patreon



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