Instagram’s new features borrow from Periscope and Snapchat

The popular photo-sharing service Instagram has launched two new features. The features are similar to Snapchat and Periscope. The Facebook-owned company’s app is bringing in Live videos and disappearing photos and videos for groups and friends in Instagram Direct.

“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,” said the company in a blog post.

Wonder how it works? 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.

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. Instagram users 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.
The company is rolling out Live video on Instagram Stories and Explore globally over the next few weeks.

Here’s how you can go about the other addition (disappearing photos and videos for groups and friends in Instagram Direct), just swipe right into the camera to take a photo or video, then tap the arrow to send it privately. You can choose a group or create one in just a few taps — and you can also send to individual friends at the same time. Send anything you want, from inside jokes to your worst selfies. Unlike other messages in Direct, these photos and videos disappear from your friends’ inboxes after they have seen them. And you’ll see if they replayed it or took a screenshot.

Whether your account is set to public or private, you can only send disappearing photos and videos to people who follow you.
Source by gadgetsnow…