Finally, it’s here—Instagram has rolled out its Live streaming feature to everyone; well, only to users in the U.S for now. If you live in the U.S, then you can start to see the feature appear on the app from today, while those in other parts of the world can expect to start enjoying live streaming on Instagram “over the coming weeks,” the company said on Monday.
Instagram announced plans to launch the new feature back in November, and promised that users will be able to use it before long. In keeping with the company’s promise, users in the U.S will be able to browse Live videos as they happen now as selected by Instagram algorithmically, reports TechCrunch.
The new Instagram live streaming lets you broadcast videos to your followers and friends in real-time. However, they can only watch your broadcast while you are still streaming. Though, no replays will be allowed, you will still be able to browse an algorithmically curated Explore page of a selection of the best Instagram videos happening at the moment.
Instagram Live features live Instagram Stories. Users in the U.S can swipe into the Stories camera area and tap the toggle to enter “Live” mode. Unlike photos on Instagram, Live videos don’t store on the app; which means your followers will only be able to view them while you are actually broadcasting. As you may have known from using Facebook Live, Instagram Live videos don’t store on your Instagram—and this perhaps, is the big difference between the two app.
Don’t feel like sharing your Instagram Stories post with everyone? Good thing is, you can choose to send an ephemeral Direct Message to only a couple of your friends or followers; and they can get to watch it just twice before it disappears.
The essence of making live videos disappear after a while, according to Instagram, is to make you feel “comfortable sharing anything, anytime.”
Want to know when your friends start a Live video? Instagram said you will see “Live” under their profile photo in the Stories bar:
“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.”
If you live in the U.S, the newly launched feature [Live] will show up on Android and iOS within the next couple of days.