Instagram Rolls Out New 'Pressure-Free' Updates With Vanishing Live Videos and Direct Messages

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Instagram today revealed two major new updates coming to its platform, including transient live videos and direct messages, akin to Snapchat. The company has added live video as a new UI option in the story camera -- Boomerang was added there recently as well -- and the feature lets users go live for up to an hour. As with Facebook's own live video, friends get notifications when the stream begins, and can comment as events unfold.


    Live video will also be added into the Explore Tab, so users can see trending and most popular live videos, perhaps from news sources and entertainment accounts as breaking news happens across the world. Just like stories, live videos will disappear when the stream is over, "so you can feel more comfortable sharing anything, anytime," according to Instagram.

    The company is continuing its "pressure-free" mantra with disappearing direct messages, which will let users send photos and videos to friends and groups that disappear once they've been viewed. The sender will also be notified if the receiver has replayed the message or taken a screenshot, just like in Snapchat.

    While live video is gearing up to rollout globally over the next few weeks, the short-lived photos and videos in direct messages will begin appearing in the Instagram app today. For those who have yet to download it, Instagram is available for free on the App Store. [Direct Link]

    Article Link: Instagram Rolls Out New 'Pressure-Free' Updates With Vanishing Live Videos and Direct Messages
  2. billybobthornton macrumors newbie


    Apr 11, 2016
  3. lolkthxbai macrumors 65816


    May 7, 2011
    Next Week:
    Instagram divided on name change, Instachat or Snapgram
  4. Avieshek Suspended


    Dec 7, 2013
  5. Altis, Nov 21, 2016
    Last edited: Nov 21, 2016

    Altis macrumors 68030

    Sep 10, 2013
    All these social media apps sound the same.
  6. kalafalas macrumors regular

    Aug 26, 2008
  7. ElRojito macrumors regular

    May 6, 2012
  8. Porco macrumors 68030


    Mar 28, 2005
    This post contained a really witty and interesting comment about 10 minutes ago, but you missed it, sorry.
  9. Xavier macrumors 68030

    Mar 23, 2006
    Ugh. I miss the old Instagram with less baggage.

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