Instagram is not done telling everyone how much prepared it is to be the number one image-sharing service in the world. After successfully cloning one of Snapchat’s biggest features, Instagram is not testing a new feature that will enable you add friends to live. What this simply means is that you can invite another person to join your live broadcast from their device.
“Starting today, we’re testing a fun way to go live with a friend. Now, you can hang out and go live together, whether you’re just doing homework or catching up on your day.
“Live video helps you share in an authentic way, but sometimes it can be intimidating when you’re on your own. It’s easy to add a guest while you’re broadcasting,” Instagram said.
The screen splits into two when you invite a friend to join you in live broadcast. Your friend will join you on the other half, while you are on the other end of the screen. This, however, doesn’t affect the fact that people can still make or post their comment.
The small, but impressive update gives you the option to add or remove anyone from the live broadcast. The feature is currently still being tested, and is available to only a handful of people. However, the company is expected to roll it out to a broader audience in a couple of weeks’ time or thereabout.
How to add someone to live video on Instagram:
You can add someone to live video by tapping the icon on the bottom right of the app, and hit the “Add” to invite anyone currently watching. Once anyone joins, the screen will split into two and your friend will pop up right below you.
Instagram live was rolled out, first to users in the US last December, before those in the UK, Germany, France, Brazil, Canada and Japan took their turn thereafter. The feature, however, became available to a global audience not quite long after then.
Instagram Live 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.
When a friend or follower starts a live video, you will see “Live” under their profile photo in the Stories bar.
You 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.