Back in August 2016, Facebook introduced ‘Stories’ in Instagram in an attempt to take on Snapchat. Now, a couple of new features as been added by the famous photo sharing app. Live video on Instagram Stories and Disappearing photos and videos for groups and friends in Instagram Direct.
Instagram claims that this update aims at attracting more users to Instagram to use the service even more casual moments.
The Live video on Instagram is similar to Facebook Live except it doesn’t get saved to your profile. So one can only watch it when it is being broadcasted. To start a ‘Live Video’ – Swipe right from the feed to open the inbuilt camera and tap on ‘Start Live Video’. Your friends/followers might get notification of you going Live. Further, you can enable or disable comments on the feed.
“To open your inbox, tap the new paper aeroplane icon at the top right corner of your feed or swipe left. You’ll see disappearing photos and videos in a bar at the top. Tap the ones with blue rings to see what your friends sent you. In a group, you can see everyone’s responses – and who else has seen them in a slideshow format.” – read the blog post from Instagram.
It seems like Facebook just won’t give up against Snapchat with continuous new additions to both Instagram and WhatsApp. As rumoured earlier, WhatsApp is also working on a new Status Tab feature which will be a lot similar to Snapchat’s Stories.