Back in August, Instagram introduced Instagram stories as a way for users to share all of the big moments of their day.
On Monday Instagram announced two big updates: live video on Instagram stories and disappearing photos and videos for friends in Instagram Direct.
how to do live video on Instagram
Live video on Instagram stories will help you with your supporters. When you’re done, your live story disappears from the app so you can share anything.
To go live, simply swipe right from the feed to open the camera, tap the “start live video” button and you can start sharing your video, which can only last up to an hour.
Your fiends will get a notification when you go live so they can tune in. When you’re live, you can pin comments for your friends to see or turn off comments.
While there are no replays, you’ll be able to browse through a carted Explore the best of Instagram live videos that are currently happening.
Direct message video
Works much the same way as snap. And also like snap, Instagram only lets you watch DMD video twice before it disappears forever.
“Live is unedited and stays in the moment, and it’s the way many people on Instagram want to share”, Gabe Mad-way, a spokesman for Instagram wrote in an email to WIRED.
We thought it made sense to integrate live video into stories because that’s the space for ephemeral sharing on Instagram.
Facebook Live looks to be a more robust tool for archiving important video, while an Instagram story is for your friends’ eyes only.
The temporary quality, at least in theory, takes the pressure off and could encourage you to share more video.
And more sharing equals more engagement the same old end goal for both Facebook and Instagram. As long as you don’t think the app is getting too bloated with this entire new feature.
How to send disappearing photos and videos directly to groups or friends
Since launching Instagram Direct last year, the number of people using Direct each month has grown from 80 million to 300 million people.
Today’s update keeps direct messages the same but adds a better way to connect with your friends – all in the same place.
To use the new feature, swipe right into the camera to take a photo or video, then tap the arrow to send it privately.
You can choose to create a group and you can send to individuals at the same time. Unlike other message in Direct, these new photos and videos will disappear from your friend’s inboxes after they have soon them.
You’ll even get to see if they replayed it or took a screenshot. According to a blog post, Instagram said “whether your account is set to public or private, you can only send disappearing photos and videos to people who follow you”.