Instagram's new feature allows live video sharing via direct message



Instagram's latest tweaks now allow users to share live videos through direct messages, which includes your own live videos, or live videos you’re currently watching with a friend or group of friends. While other enhancements include support for web links and different photo orientations, and last month’s addition of the option for photo and video message replays.

The live video sharing option is largely a tweak on video chatting or private broadcast, though its more of a competitor to the rather growing “co-watching” and video chat services.

The key differential is perhaps that Instagram’s offering is not just about co-watching, but more about doing live video along with friends. And the concept isn't merely in a standalone messenger app, but instead forms the entirety of the user experience.

To co-watch a live videos with friends, the process is simple: once you’re live on Instagram, you can take advantage of the new option by tapping the Direct icon at the bottom of the screen. Then tap the Direct icon to share the video through messaging.

Albeit if you have a Private account, you can only share live videos with your followers. And your self-recorded live videos can only be viewed by friends when you’re currently live.

The new feature is currently rolling out to the Instagram app on iOS and Android, so you'll need to update to the latest app (ver. 26) to be able to use the live video sharing.
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Techmaker
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12/23/2017 delete

This is a magnificent move. Hope the quality remains same as it does with photo sharing.

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John Onwuegbu
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12/23/2017 delete

Certainly, Facebook's touches are beginning to show on the platform.

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