16 Facts About Instagram Stories

1. In 2015, Instagram Stories was named No 1 by Mashable on its list of "The 100 best iPhone apps of all time", noting Instagram as "one of the most influential social networks in the world.

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2. In October 2013, Instagram Stories deleted the account of Canadian photographer Petra Collins after she posted a photo of herself in which a very small area of pubic hair was visible above the top of her bikini bottom.

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3. On December 20, Instagram Stories announced that the advertising section of the policy would be reverted to its original October 2010 version.

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4. In October 2016, Instagram Stories reached 100 million active users, two months after launch.

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5. In May 2017, Instagram Stories expanded the augmented reality sticker feature to support face filters, letting users add specific visual features onto their faces.

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6. In January 2017, Instagram Stories launched skippable ads, where five-second photo and 15-second video ads appear in-between different stories.

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7. In December 2013, Instagram Stories announced Instagram Stories Direct, a feature that lets users interact through private messaging.

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8. In March 2016, Instagram Stories increased the 15-second video limit to 60 seconds.

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9. In February 2012, Instagram Stories added a "Lux" filter, an effect that "lightens shadows, darkens highlights and increases contrast".

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10. In June 2012, Instagram Stories introduced "Explore", a tab inside the app that displays popular photos, photos taken at nearby locations, and search.

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11. In February 2017, Instagram Stories announced that users would be able to upload up to ten pictures or videos to one post, with the content appearing as a swipeable carousel.

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12. In September 2016, Instagram Stories removed Photo Maps, which previously allowed users to see a map of their geotagged photos.

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13. In January 2011, Instagram Stories introduced hashtags to help users discover both photos and each other.

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14. In March 2014, Instagram Stories started testing switching the technology to using Facebook Places.

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15. In November 2012, Instagram Stories launched website profiles, allowing anyone to see users' feeds from their web browsers.

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16. The word Instagram Stories is a portmanteau of instant camera and telegram.

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