Snapchat’s bitmoji feature can be used outside the app


In the wake of Apple's Memoji announcement recently, Bitmoji is making a huge change to its personalised avatar service. The popular "Friendmoji" function in Snapchat that lets your Bitmoji avatar interact with a friend is being added to the Biitmoji iOS Keyboard extension.

In the coming weeks, you'll be able to send reactions to family and friends that show your Bitmoji interacting with theirs. Friendmoji reactions will be easily accessible from the Bitmoji keyboard after the next app update. You'll be able to search for specific friends or select from a list of recents.

Privacy advocates need not worry, either. Bitmoji will not be detecting who the message is going to. Instead, it will rely on your Snapchat friend network and you searching for the names. You also must have your Bitmoji linked to your Snapchat account.

Instagram stories has an update for public accounts

Instagram has announced a slight change to their Stories feature. Now, when someone mentions you in their story, you’ll have the option to instantly repost it, adding the photo or video to your own story.

The feature, called @mention Sharing, is initiated when you tag a user in your Story. A pop-up will appear saying, “Mentioned users may repost this story for 24 hours.” The person mentioned will get a notification via direct message that they were mentioned with a link to “Add This to Your Story.” Simply tap and the story will be shown in a preview where it can be adjusted or have text, stickers, and more added to it. When added, followers will see the original poster’s username, and they can tap it to see that person’s profile.