Facebook has made 360 degree live video available to its users and rolled out live video streaming on Instagram.
Instagram just announced that the feature will be widely rolled out to everyone in United States beginning today. You can start a live video from the camera in the app’s Stories section, and followers with Instagram open will see a “live” badge while you’re broadcasting.
But what sets Instagram’s approach apart from parent company Facebook and others is that once a live video has concluded, it disappears from the app and isn’t available for replay afterwards. There’s a “Top Live” section in Instagram’s Explore section now to point you toward popular live videos happening at any given moment. But once they’re over, they’re gone. Instagram says it does this “so you can feel comfortable sharing what you want, anytime.” If you’re in the US, live video should show up on Android and iOS within the next few days.
How To Use Instagram Live
The Live features can be found in Instagram stories, and you can get them by swiping into the Stories camera area and then tapping the “Live” mode. Instagram’s live broadcasts are just like those on Facebook and Twitter’s Periscope: viewers can add “hearts” to the streams as they watch and post comments.
When one of your followers is live, it will appear in the Stories section of the app and some users will receive notifications when someone they follow is live. If you have post notifications for your account, then you’ll also get alerts when your followers go live.
You can find new live streams to watch on Instagram by going to the Explore tab. There is a “Top Live” section for U.S. users, which will show the best content on the company’s platform. Live videos aren’t stored on your Instagram, meaning your followers can only seem them when you’re broadcasting.
That’s really the big difference between Instagram’s live video and Facebook’s live video. It’s a pretty big difference, too.