The latest in a string of new features
Instagram has had a strong 2016 so far. The photo-sharing service, owned by Facebook continues to develop its offering, with their latest update brining live video streaming to the platform.
The key features from the most recent update mean that Instagram users can now share private photos that disappear after the recipient has viewed them and the service is also starting to make live video streaming available in select markets. The Live video streams will become part of Instagram Stories.
“Live video felt like an inevitable step for Stories,” said Instagram Product Manager Shilpa Sarkar. The live streaming experience is very similar to that of Facebook’s own Live streaming feature.
Users can chat with a broadcaster, and send them hearts to show their appreciation, similar to Periscope. It's possible for broadcasters to exclude individual users from their live streams, should they wish to do so and every live stream automatically disappears after it’s over — there is no archive.
Instagram’s head of product Kevin Weil said that the goal of both live streaming and private disappearing photos were all about broadening the scope of the service. “Instagram should be a platform for all your moments."