The social network Instagram having started as a platform dedicated to posting just pictures of food is now more than just an ordinary photo sharing network but has reached 500 million monthly active users and have attracted more than 200,000 advertisers.
Today, Instagram released two awesome feature; – Live video on Instagram stories, and disappearing photos/videos in direct messages.
One astonishing thing about the Live Video feature is that it does not have any resemblance to Facebook live . Rather, it is more or less a replica of Periscope – where you can send hearts to the person “broadcasting live” by tapping on the screen.
Although it has been announced, the live videos on stories will not be available right away as it will have to take a couple of weeks for roll outs to go completely global.
To go live on Instagram, all you need to do is simply swipe right from the feed to launch camera, tap on the “start live video” button to start broadcasting to your followers.
Take note that the live video feature for every broadcast is limited to an hour.
1 hour is pretty good for every average user except you are planning on shooting a full Hollywood movie. Lol. Then you’ll need something better like a Youtube live.
Once you are live, the people you follow will be able to see the “live” tag under your profile picture in the stories bar. A number of users watching the live video will show at the top right screen while comments are displayed at the button.
The Live Video is not the only feature that was announced. The developers also announced that alongside the latest update, it will introduce disappearing photos and video for groups and friends in direct messages.
Currently, Instagram users can send disappearing videos and photos straight to groups and individual friends. To do that, swipe right to launch the camera to take a photo or video, then tap the arrow to send it privately.
This feature is similar to that on Snapchat. Videos and photos send they can only be viewed once and after which they disappear.
You can get the latest version of Instagram from the Play store here.
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