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Will Instagram Remove Like Counts From Its Posts?

Instagram is toying with the idea of removing like counts from posts on its network. Developer and blogger Jane Manchun Wong shared screenshots via Twitter of the test, which includes the following message within the application: "We want your followers to focus on what you share, not how many likes your posts get. During this...
Tags: Advertising, Jane Manchun Wong, Social Pro Daily


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


News Feed Posts and Facebook Stories in the Same Feed?

A Facebook feed containing content from both News Feed and Stories has been spotted in the wild. A spokesperson for the social network said that while Facebook is always exploring ways to help people engage with News Feed and Stories, "We are not currently testing this publicly." Developer and blogger Jane Manchun Wong shared screenshots...
Tags: Facebook, Advertising, Facebook Stories, Jane Manchun Wong, Social Pro Daily


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


Daily Crunch: Uber files to go public

The Daily Crunch is TechCrunch’s roundup of our biggest and most important stories. If you’d like to get this delivered to your inbox every day at around 9am Pacific, you can subscribe here. 1. Uber files for IPO Uber has filed its S-1, setting the stage for the transportation company to go public next month. The company will list on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “UBER.” Uber had already disclosed most of the financial information released yesterday, but among the tidbits revea...
Tags: Apple, TC, Facebook, Uber, Disney, Tech, International Space Station, New York Stock Exchange, Tejada, IPO Uber, Jane Manchun Wong, Daily Crunch, Nintendo Labo VR


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


Facebook is thinking about bringing Messenger back to the main app

Of all the mistakes and confusing moves that Facebook has made over the years, one that still resonates to this day is the decision to spin Messenger off into its own app from the main Facebook app. As it stands, the only way to send a message to one of your Facebook friends on your phone is to download the Messenger app from the App Store or Google Play and log in to your account. But that might not be the case for much longer.Researcher Jane Manchun Wong, who regularly delves into the recesses...
Tags: Facebook, News, Wong, Instagram Messenger, Jane Manchun Wong, Facebook app Messenger


The chat feature may soon return to Facebook’s mobile app

Facebook upset millions upon millions of users five years ago when it removed chat from its core mobile app and forced them to download Messenger to communicate privately with friends. Now it looks like it might be able to restore the option inside the Facebook app. That’s according to a discovery from researcher Jane Manchun Wong who discovered an unreleased feature that brings limited chat features back into the core social networking app. Wong’s finding suggests that, at this point, callin...
Tags: TC, Facebook, Apps, Mark Zuckerberg, Messenger, Social Media, Tech, Ceo, Software, Computing, Social Network, Operating Systems, Wong, Jane Manchun Wong, Windows Live Messenger, Inq Mobile


Facebook may soon let you chat with friends on mobile without Messenger

Five years ago, Facebook began encouraging users to use its standalone Messenger app to chat with their contacts, instead of using the built-in feature in the social network’s mobile apps. It appears that it’s now looking to bring messaging back to the primary Facebook app experience – which indicates a change in strategy for keeping users engaged on the platform App researcher Jane Manchun Wong tweeted a screenshot of a Facebook feature in the works, which shows a new tab for messaging people r...
Tags: Startups, Facebook, Apps, 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


Twitter Is Testing a Way for Users to Hide Replies to Their Tweets

Twitter continues to tinker with ways to improve conversation on its platform, and the latest feature uncovered in testing enables users to hide replies to their tweets. Developer and blogger Jane Manchun Wong discovered the feature and shared screenshots in a tweet. Twitter is testing replies moderation. It lets you to hide replies under your...
Tags: Advertising, Jane Manchun Wong, Social Pro Daily


A new ‘Hide Tweet’ button has been spotted in Twitter’s code

Twitter confirmed it has in development a new “Hide Tweet” option, but has yet to provide more detail about its plans for the feature. The new option, spotted in Twitter’s code, is available from a list of moderation choices that appear when you click the “Share” button on a tweet – a button whose icon has also been given a refresh, it seems. Like it sounds, “Hide Tweet” appears to function as an alternative to muting or blocking a user, while still offering some control over a conversation. ...
Tags: Twitter, Tech, Jack Dorsey, Wong, Jane Manchun Wong, KaraJack


Twitter confirms it’s working on a ‘Hide Tweet’ feature

Twitter has confirmed it’s developing a new “Hide Tweet” option, but has yet to provide detail about its launch plans for the feature. The new option, spotted in Twitter’s code, is available from a list of moderation choices that appear when you click the “Share” button on a tweet — a button whose icon has also been given a refresh, it seems. Like it sounds, “Hide Tweet” functions as an alternative to muting or blocking a user, while still offering some control over a conversation. Related to...
Tags: Twitter, Tech, Jack Dorsey, Wong, Jane Manchun Wong, KaraJack


Twitter is testing a reply moderation feature for threads

Jane Manchun Wong, a security researcher who has a history of revealing yet-to-launch features through reverse engineering, tweeted today that Twitter is testing a “replies moderation” tool.  Twitter is testing replies moderation. It lets you to hide replies under your tweets, while providing an option to show the hidden replies pic.twitter.com/dE19w4TLtp — Jane Manchun Wong (@wongmjane) February 28, 2019 According to Wong, this feature allows users to hide replies under their tweets, while prov...
Tags: Startups, Twitter, Social Media, Tech, Wong, Jane Manchun Wong


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


Instagram Code Reveals Public 'Collections' Feature To Take On Pinterest

An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: Instagram is threatening to attack Pinterest just as it files to go public the same way the Facebook-owned app did to Snapchat. Code buried in Instagram for Android shows the company has prototyped an option to create public "Collections" to which multiple users can contribute. Instagram launched private Collections two years ago to let you Save and organize your favorite feed posts. But by allowing users to make Collections public, Instagram ...
Tags: Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, Tech, Pinterest Instagram, Instagram for Android, Jane Manchun Wong, Instagaram Save feature Instagram


Instagram’s fundraiser stickers could lure credit card numbers

Mark Zuckerberg recently revealed that commerce is a huge part of the 2019 roadmap for Facebook’s family of apps. But before people can easily buy things from Instagram etc, Facebook needs their credit card info on file. That’s a potentially lucrative side effect of Instagram’s plan to launch a Fundraiser sticker in 2019. Facebook’s own Donate buttons have raised $1 billion, and bringing them to Instagram’s 1 billion users could do a lot of good while furthering Facebook’s commerce strategy. ...
Tags: Social, TC, Mobile, Facebook, Ecommerce, Apps, Mark Zuckerberg, Instagram, Charity, Tech, Payments, Philanthropy, Zuckerberg, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, Non-profits, Instagrammers


We Are Social’s Monday Mashup #434

UK reports examine Facebook’s practices The results are in from the UK Government’s Cairncross Review, a report examining the health of U.K. news media and digital advertising. It recommends the creation of new official “codes of conduct” for news publishers that deal with Facebook and Google. It also called for the creation of a regulatory body to make sure the platforms were actually delivering on promises to clamp down on the spread of fake news. This was followed by another report from the U...
Tags: Google, Facebook, UK, London, Instagram, India, US, Seo, Lego, Reddit, Jack Dorsey, Mashup, Cpc, Ama, Facebook Twitter, Facebook Instagram


First look at Twitter’s Snapchatty new Camera feature

Twitter has been secretly developing an enhanced camera feature that’s accessible with a swipe from the home screen and allows you to overlay captions on photos, videos, and Live broadcasts before sharing them to the timeline. Twitter is already used by people to post pictures and videos, but as it builds up its profile as a media company, and in the age of Snapchat and Instagram, it is working on the feature in hopes it will get people doing that even more. Described in Twitter’s code as the “N...
Tags: Social, Mobile, Apps, Twitter, Instagram, Tech, Bloomberg, Snapchat, Cnbc, New Twitter, Matt Navarra, Persicope, Jane Manchun Wong


Instagram is now testing a web version of Direct messages

Insta-chat addicts, rejoice. You could soon be trading memes and emojis from your computer. Instagram is internally testing a web version of Instagram Direct messaging that lets people chat without the app. If, or more likely, when this rolls out publicly, users on a desktop or laptop PC or Mac, a non-Android or iPhone, or that access Instagram via a mobile web browser will be able to privately message other Instagrammers. Instagram web DMs was one of the features I called for in a product wi...
Tags: Social, TC, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Instagram, Messaging, Tech, Snapchat, Instagram Direct, Given Facebook, Instagrammers Instagram, Jane Manchun Wong, IGTV, Instagram Stories the Facebook, New York Times Mike Isaac Mobile


Instagram now lets you regram your posts to multiple accounts

Instagram is swaying the balance towards simplicity but away from originality. It’s adding the ability to publish feed posts to different accounts you control at the same time by toggling them on within the composer screen. An Instagram spokesperson confirms this option is becoming available to all iOS users, telling TechCrunch “We are rolling out this feature to provide a better experience for people who often post to multiple accounts.” This “self regram” could make it easier for businesses...
Tags: Google, Social, TC, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Instagram, Tech, Spam, Google Photos, Jane Manchun Wong, Instas, Regram, SocialThings, Zachary Shakked, Jay Elaine


Facebook is the new crapware

Welcome to 2019 where we learn Facebook is the new crapware. Sorry #DeleteFacebook, you never stood a chance. Yesterday Bloomberg reported that the scandal-beset social media behemoth has inked an unknown number of agreements with Android smartphone makers, mobile carriers and OSes around the world to not only pre-load Facebook’s eponymous app on hardware but render the software undeleteable; a permanent feature of your device, whether you like how the company’s app can track your every move ...
Tags: Apple, Android, Social, Facebook, Apps, Privacy, Advertising Tech, Samsung, Social Media, Tech, Bloomberg, Smartphones, Samsung Galaxy S8, Crapware, Jane Manchun Wong


Facebook Messenger dark mode public testing begins in selected countries

Facebook is testing dark mode on Messenger in selected countries, and the feature itself is incomplete for now. The company has been experimenting with various features and changes in the recent times and the dark mode are one among them. The feature was announced back in October last year. Facebook Messenger, seemingly due to prolonged external nagging, has started public testing Dark Mode in certain countries They have put up a fair warning that Dark Mode isn't everywhere yet so don't compl...
Tags: Facebook, Apps, Messenger, Blogging, Facebook Messenger, Rumors, Jane Manchun Wong


We Are Social’s Monday Mashup #426

Facebook brings Stories to Groups, globally Facebook is determined not to let Stories die – the platform is now taking Group Stories global. After its initial debut last year, the platform has now opened the feature up to all users and has even introduced reactions so that all members can respond. As with other posts to Groups, Facebook has also given admins the option to approve content before it’s shared with the wider group. Facebook has also released user numbers for Stories, claiming that 3...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Youtube, Seo, Lego, Tumblr, Mashup, Skype, National Geographic, Logan, Bella Hadid, Huda Beauty, Jake Paul, Groups Facebook, Hopper HQ


Snapchat is testing new features (that Instagram has had for months)

Snapchat has clearly fallen behind Instagram when it comes to user growth. In order to catch up, the app is testing a bunch of features like a timer, camera grid, and portrait mode. The finding comes from app researcher Jane Manchun Wong, who took to Twitter to share screenshots of the new features. Portrait photos are in vogue, and Snapchat users will surely want to have this feature in the app as soon as possible. Wong posted a tweet that shows Snapchat’s redesign camera UI to place these func...
Tags: Startups, Apps, Instagram, Snapchat, Insider, Wong, Jane Manchun Wong


Uber Eats test lets restaurants trade discounts for ranking boost

Uber Eats has effectively invented its own native ad unit. Uber confirmed to TechCrunch that a test quietly running in markets around India allows restaurants to bundle several food items together and sell them at a discounted price in exchange for promoted placement by Uber Eats in a featured section of local “Specials”. In some cases, restaurants foot the cost of the discount, while in others Uber pays for the discounts. The Uber Specials feature demonstrates the massive leverage awarded...
Tags: Google, Food, Startups, TC, Mobile, Ecommerce, Uber, Apps, Advertising Tech, India, Tech, Ben Thompson, Food Delivery, Payments, Logistics, Uber Eats


Spotify Tests Option To Import Your Own Songs

Spotify is testing a feature that would allow users to upload their own tracks into their personal Spotify library. Apple Music already integrates tracks stored on an iPhone with its streaming music service. ___________________________________   Spotify is testing "Import your music" directly from your Android device pic.twitter.com/Nx28gdI4mR — Jane Manchun Wong (@wongmjane) November 29, 2018 The "import your music" function is appearing in the settings menu of some subsc...
Tags: Apple, Spotify, Music, Streaming, Music Tech, Digital Music, Bruce Houghton, Jane Manchun Wong