Of late, Instagram has been adding a slew of cool features to its app — some of them are new while some are copied directly from Snapchat. And looks like the company is not going to stop taking cues from Snapchat anytime soon. Yesterday, the photo sharing and social networking app received an update with support for “Disappearing Photos and Videos” for a Direct message.
In other words, whenever a photo is captured on Instagram and sent as a Direct message to your friends or group threads, it will vanish automatically once it’s read. This feature is not something new, we’ve been seeing it on Snapchat for a while now.
However, the biggest addition to the app comes in the form of “Live videos” — something which is absent in Snapchat. Akin to the Live video feature implemented by its parent company Facebook, the feature allows you to broadcast a video live anytime, anywhere. Also, your friends will be notified whenever you go live.
Similar to the feature on Facebook, people can comment and like as much as they want during the broadcast but, there’s a twist. The “Live video” will disappear as soon as one’s done broadcasting it.
Recording a Live video is a simple affair, all you have to do is swipe right (no pun intended) from the feed to open the camera and click on the “Start Live Video” option. One can record a video for as long as an hour.
Currently, users can only make use of the “Disappearing Photos and Videos” feature in India. Live video support is not available as of now but it should be rolled anytime soon.