Instagram Introduces Live Videos And Self Disappearing Photos

Instagram has unveiled two new innovative features for its users today. The first feature announced is live videos for Instagram stories and the other one is disappearing photos and videos in direct messages.

The features were rumored long back, and now, they are almost live for the end users. The point worth noting is that ‘Live video’ feature will take some more time to be rolled out globally, may be over the next few weeks.

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To go live on Instagram, you need to simply swipe right from the feed to open the camera. Now, tap the “Start Live Video” button and start sharing live feeds to your friends. Currently, Instagram Live videos are limited to up to an hour.

If a person you follow starts a live story, you can see a “Live” tag under their profile photo in the stories bar.  Being a viewer, you can like the video or mark a comment during the broadcast.

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Besides Live videos to the Instagram stories, the social network announced the arrival of disappearing photos and video for groups and friends in direct messages. The feature will enable Instagram users to send disappearing photos and videos directly to groups and individual friends.  All a user needs to do is simply swipe right to open up the camera to take a photo or video, and then tap the arrow to send it privately.

A user can also choose or create a group and send the video to that group along with the individual friends.  Interestingly, these photos and videos automatically disappear from your friends’ inboxes once watched.  Instagram will also notify if your followers replayed the video or took a screenshot.

You will not be able to send disappearing videos and photos to anyone. You can share them only with the people who follow you.

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