Instagram tries to kill Snapchat again with live video & disappearing photos and videos
Remember when Instagram launched ‘Stories’ back in September which mimics the core feature of Snapchat?
That new addition to the Instagram app has converted many users from using Snapchat to just using Instagram for sharing quick snaps of their lives.
In just nearly 3 months, Instagram does it again by announcing 2 new features to the popular social photography app: Live Videos & Dissapearing Photos and Videos.
Live video on Instagram Stories helps you connect with your friends and followers right now. When you’re done, your live story disappears from the app so you can feel more comfortable sharing anything, anytime.
It’s basically the same thing as Facebook Live. The only difference is that the Live video will dissapear instead of being saved in your profile.
When someone you follow starts a live story, you’ll see “Live” under their profile photo in the stories bar. During the broadcast, you can comment and like as much as you want. You can also check out new live stories on Explore. Tap “Top Live” to see exciting live stories happening at that moment and swipe right and left to easily skip around.
Disappearing Photos and Videos
Now you can send disappearing photos and videos directly to groups and individual friends in a spontaneous, pressure-free way.
To open your inbox, tap the new paper airplane icon at the top right corner of your feed or swipe left. You’ll see disappearing photos and videos in a bar at the top. Tap the ones with blue rings to see what your friends sent you. In a group, you can see everyone’s responses — and who else has seen them.
Disappearing photos & videos rolls out today so you can probably see it now when you open Instagram app (provided it is updated to the latest version) while Live Videos will be rolled out in the coming weeks.
So will you fully convert to Instagram now or do you still stick with Snapchat?
Find out more in Instagram’s blog