Instagram’s Live video feature is official and it will begin rolling out to users globally over the new few weeks. Plus Instagram continues with its attempt to copy Snapchat by adding disappearing photos and videos in the Direct message feature of their app. The Live Video will now be a part of the Stories, and just like other Stories on the app, it will also disappear after 24 hours. Live Videos on Instagram are not being stored as a separate video file like it is on Facebook, although you can see how many people are watching your live video.
In a blogpost, Instagram announced that over a 100 million people are using ‘Stories’ everyday on the website. The post reads, “We’ve seen stories open up a new side of what people share on Instagram, and now over 100 million people use it every day. With today’s announcement, you’ll soon have two more ways to share freely and in the moment.”
In order to go live, just swipe right from feed, and tap the “Start Live Video” button. On Instagram, users can share a live video for up to an hour, and your friends will get a notification when you go live. Also a user can pin a comment on their Live video for everyone to see or not allow comments altogether.
On Instagram, when someone who you follow goes live, the Stories bar will have Live” under their profile photo. Users can also watch new live stories on the Explore tab.
Now Instagram also supports disappearing photos and videos for groups and friends in their Instagram Direct Messages feature. Instagram says over 300 million use Direct Messages on a monthly basis. These disappearing photos, videos have to be created in the ‘Stories’ tab.
A user can just swipe right into the Stories camera, take their photo or video and then edit it. Then just tap the arrow at the bottom to share this privately with a friend. In order to create a group, just tap on ‘New Group’ feature on the top right when you are in the Direct Messages folder.
Instagram also says, “Whether your account is set to public or private, you can only send disappearing photos and videos to people who follow you,” thus ensuring that not everyone end up with these messages.
Instagram has also changed the inbox symbol for Direct Messages, which now has a new paper airplane icon at the top right corner of your feed. All disappearing photos and videos will appear in a bar at the top of your private inbox. Tap the ones with blue rings to see what your friends have sent. In a group, you can see everyone’s responses — and who else has seen them — in a slideshow format, says the company. Disappearing photos and videos in Instagram Direct have gone live for all users today.
Instagram with over 500 million monthly active users have been sprucing up the app with new features. Stories which is an exact copy from Snapchat already boasts of 100 million users, and it looks like Instagram plans to cash in on this further.