Its been a year where Instagram has been taking an all new direction in all of its activities. First it was the change of the logo, then later in August they introduced the Instagram stories, a feature quite similar to Snapchat with over 100 million people using it daily. Now they have brought an interesting twist to the way people will share their moments on social media.
Instagram yesterday, 21st November 2016 introduced two new ways to share freely and in the moment.
Live Video on Instagram Stories
According to the announcement made on their blog, Instagram live video will help you connect with your friends and followers on the go. And when you’re done, your live story disappears from the app so you can feel more comfortable sharing anything, anytime.
It’s easy to go live — just swipe right from feed to open the camera, tap the “Start Live Video” button and start sharing for up to an hour. Your friends may get a notification when you go live so they can tune in. While you’re live, you can pin a comment for everyone to see or turn comments off altogether.
When someone you follow starts a live story, you’ll see “Live” under their profile photo in the stories bar. During the broadcast, you can comment and like as much as you want. You can also check out new live stories on Explore. Tap “Top Live” to see exciting live stories happening at that moment and swipe right and left to easily skip around.
Disappearing Photos and Videos for Groups and Friends in Instagram Direct
Another exciting feature to this new upgrade is that you can send disappearing photos and videos directly to groups and individual friends in a spontaneous, pressure-free way.
Also not to forget that Instagram Direct has witnessed a high rate of usage since improvements were made last year; it has grown from 80 million to 300 million people using it all around the world.
Today’s update keeps regular direct messages the same and adds a more visual way to connect with your closest friends — all in one convenient place.
Swipe right into the camera to take a photo or video, then tap the arrow to send it privately. You can choose a group or create one in just a few taps — and you can also send to individual friends at the same time. Send anything you want, from inside jokes to your worst selfies. Unlike other messages in Direct, these photos and videos disappear from your friends’ inboxes after they have seen them. And you’ll see if they replayed it or took a screenshot.
Whether your account is set to public or private, you can only send disappearing photos and videos to people who follow you.
To open your inbox, tap the new paper airplane icon at the top right corner of your feed or swipe left. You’ll see disappearing photos and videos in a bar at the top. Tap the ones with blue rings to see what your friends sent you. In a group, you can see everyone’s responses — and who else has seen them — in a slideshow format. Then when you’re done, just tap their faded profile photo to send a quick response.
To view your inbox, just tap the airplane icon on the top right corner of feed or just swipe left. Disappearing photos and videos are seen at the top bar. Tap the ones with blue rings to see what your friends sent you. Everything is shown in a slideshow format. And it is equally easy to send your response, just tap their faded profile photo.
All of this are just new ways Instagram has developed to make the platform engaging for its users. The Live video feature is expected to be available in the next few weeks as the disappearing photos and video is already available worldwide.