Instagram is dissolving its global community team

Instagram is dissolving its Global Community Team, which worked to build deep ties with photographers and promote the service around the world, The Verge has learned. As part of a reorganization at the company, about 12 jobs currently located in cities around the world will be eliminated, with affected employees being offered jobs elsewhere at Instagram or at its parent company, Facebook.

The move was designed to eliminate duplicate efforts among some members of the team and consolidate the company’s marketing and communications efforts into a single team headquartered in Menlo Park, a former employee said.

“Focusing on our community is at the heart of everyone’s work at Instagram,” Instagram spokesman Gabe Madway told The Verge. “We…

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Instagram Direct adds new replay options as it looks to compete with Snapchat’s most popular feature

One of Snapchat’s most popular features is its private chat platform, which is coincidentally the sole feature that Instagram has struggled to copy. Instagram, however, has started to roll out new capabilities to its Direct platform that it hopes will give it an advantage over Snapchat…

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Snapchat copies Instagram for once, adds gif stickers


Snapchat today announced it was bringing a few new features to its app, including gif stickers courtesy of GIPHY. Because social media is a tawdry pile of copied homework, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Snapchat is finally doing unto others what has been done unto it — Instagram just introduced this exact feature last month. In order to use the feature, select the sticker icon from the Snap editing screen — check our guide if you need a primer on how that works. Then tap search to bring up a list of stickers from GIPHY. They function just…

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Instagram Direct one-ups Snapchat with replay privacy controls

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IKEA and Teenage Engineering preview their collaboration on Instagram

Teenage Engineering is known for its wonky-looking yet functional synths and speakers, while IKEA furniture fills college (and folks who still live like it's college) apartments. Their powers combined has produced…some neat, boldly-colored speakers…
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