Live Video and Disappearing Photos Come to Instagram

Nov 21, 2016

In a blog post, Instagram announced a couple of new features that will seem familiar to users of other social apps. Live video—already a success at Instagram’s parent company, Facebook—is now available. Additionally, users will now be able to create disappearing photos and videos a la Snapchat.

According to a blog post from Instagram, “It’s easy to go live — just swipe right from feed to open the camera, tap the ‘Start Live Video’ button and start sharing for up to an hour. Your friends may get a notification when you go live so they can tune in. While you’re live, you can pin a comment for everyone to see or turn comments off altogether.”

You will see “Live” under profile picture in the stories bar when someone you follow launches a live video—but you can also explore for video from people you don’t follow using the “Top Live” button.

Additionally, the post says, “Now you can send disappearing photos and videos directly to groups and individual friends in a spontaneous, pressure-free way.”