Instagram Live update has now been rolled out across the United States. Just like Periscope and Facebook Live, Instagram’s newest update lets users host and watch live broadcasts from the app itself. The update was initially announced last month and is only available for users residing in the US for the time being.
With the new update available, are apps like Periscope or Snapchat still worth keeping? Read on to learn more about what you should expect with Instagram’s newest feature.
Instagram Live Update
Starting today, users living in the United States get first dibs on Instagram’s Live feature update. Instagram Live is similar to Facebook Live and Twitter’s Periscope in the same way that the app lets you broadcast live videos to your followers.
However, the biggest feature that sets Instagram Live apart from the other apps is that once the host is finished broadcasting live, the video will not be available to watch or share again. Simply, the video disappears once you are done broadcasting your content.
— Instagram (@instagram) December 12, 2016
Instagram vs Periscope vs Snapchat
This year, Instagram has released so many updates that either made fans rejoice or become annoyed. Admittedly, stalking skills are taken a notch down with the app’s recent updates. For instance, taking screenshots within the app can now notify the user that you wanted a copy of their own image. However, this only applies if someone takes a screenshot of a message sent through Instagram Direct.
The same goes for Snapchat where it notifies users about someone trying to take screenshots of their content. As The Verge points out, “both platforms do not want you capturing what are supposed to be ephemeral moments.”
That said, enjoy what you see since you don’t really need to save a copy of a ridiculously funny image of your friend on your device because it’s creepy. And you probably need to look for another way to find something that is blackmail material. That is a joke though!
How does Instagram Live work?
Instagram’s live features can be found nestled in Instagram stories. To do that, swipe into the Stories camera area and tap the live mode. Instagram Live is no different than Facebook Live because viewers can add (or spam) heart icons and comment as you do a live broadcast.
Thank u for joining me on my lunch break live on Instagram
— Calvin Harris (@CalvinHarris) December 13, 2016
Now, if you want to check out other people’s (specifically, the likes of Calvin Harris) live broadcasts, simply click on the Explore tab and a Top Live section, which is available only for U.S. users at the moment, will be shown.