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In order to improve the experience of the millions of users on its platform, Instagram has announced 2 new updates, live video on Instagram Stories and disappearing photos and videos for groups and friends in Instagram Direct.

According to a post on its blog, Instagram said “In August, we introduced Instagram Stories as a way to share all the moments of your day, not just the ones you want to keep on your profile. We’ve seen stories open up a new side of what people share on Instagram, and now over 100 million people use it every day. With today’s announcement, you’ll soon have two more ways to share freely and in the moment.”

The live video on Instagram Stories makes it easier to share videos with your friends and followers, live, and when you’re done, your live story disappears from the app. Whenever one of the individuals 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.

To go live, just swipe right from feed to open the camera, tap the “Start Live Video” button and start sharing for up to an hour. Your friends may get a notification when you go live so they can tune in. While you’re live, you can pin a comment for everyone to see or turn comments off altogether.

Also to send disappearing photos and videos directly to groups and individual friends, swipe right into the camera, then tap the arrow to send it privately. You can choose a group or create one in just a few taps and you can also send to individual friends at the same time. These photos and videos disappear from your friends’ inboxes after they have seen them. And you’ll see if they replayed it or took a screenshot.

You can only send disappearing photos and videos to people who follow you.

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This article was first published on 24th November 2016


Muna is a software programmer and developer with a passion for technology.

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