Live and Kicking Off - Instagram Announces New Live Broadcasts
Stories was put out by Instagram in August, basically directly in response to Snapchat, and has already garnered over 100 million daily active users. They allow users to publish content that may not pop enough for their main profile, essentially driving even more app engagement time and user output. The two new updates push this direction even further, keeping the focus on this transient content.
Live StoriesLive stories lets you broadcast live streams through the Story section of the Instagram layout. In keeping with the fleeting photo theme, all of the live story content will disappear when the broadcast ends, so feel free to be as ridiculous as you want, at least until you see that 10's name pop up in your audience list.
Going live will be as simple as tapping a little button on the camera screen, and you can do it for up to an hour at a time. Friends will be notified of your newfound streaming calling, and they can view your story from the same place all the normal, static stories are placed. They can then comment and like on your live stream as much as they like. Other people's live stories will also begin to appear in the Explore tab, with the top ones highlighted, and viewers able to swipe around between them. Live stories will roll out globally over the next few weeks.
Disappearing Photos & Videos in Direct
Photos and videos can now be taken and shared with groups and friends through Instagram's Direct messaging section, and will disappear when viewed, with senders notified of replays or screenshots. Soooo, basically Snapchat.
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Live and Kicking Off - Instagram Announces New Live Broadcasts Reviewed by Sam Franklin on Tuesday, November 22, 2016 Rating: