Instagram takes on Snapchat and Periscope with live video on Stories and disappearing photos



Instagram is once again in the news—and as always, for the right reason. The photo sharing app has launched two new features; live video on Stories, and disappearing photos. The Facebook-owned photo sharing app simply aggregated the best of Snapchat and Periscope, and merged them into two very powerful features. The two features will be rolling out on iOS and Android in the next couple of weeks.

“Today we’re announcing two updates: live video on Instagram Stories and disappearing photos and videos for groups and friends in Instagram Direct,” Instagram said on Monday in a blog post.

Live Videos

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, reports Josh Constine of TechCrunch.



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.”

Live video on Stories is pretty easy to use—simply swipe right from feed to open camera, tap on the “Start Live Video” button and start sharing for up to an hour. Once the shared button has been tapped, and your video goes live, your friends or followers may get notified by Instagram so they can tune in to watch. You also get an option to either add a comment for your friends to see or turn it off altogether.

Instagram has made it easy to know when your friends or followers start a live video. According to the company, 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.”

Disappearing Photos and Videos

Sending disappearing photos and videos to individuals and groups are now a part of Instagram; and everyone can use the feature.




Monday’s update won’t affect the way regular DMs are, but rather adds a more visual way to connect your closest contacts. Instagram has done all that to make things easier, and you can now do all in one convenient place.

Simply swipe right into the camera to take a photo or video, then tap the arrow to send it privately. The feature also leaves you with an option to choose a group or create one in just a few taps.

Disappearing photos and videos in Instagram Direct has started rolling out to users. You can share your experience with us by using the comment box.

Author: Ola Ric

Ola Ric is a professional tech writer. He has written and provided tons of published articles for professionals and private individuals. He is also a social commentator and analyst, with relevant experience in the use of social media services.

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