Instagram launches a new way to invite friends in a Live Video

Joanna Estrada
December 22, 2017

Earlier this month, the social network more popular for posting photos and short videos has revealed a new Direct app that takes private messaging into its own, independent turf. This only works while videos are live, we'd note, so recipients will have to check replays like everyone else. To solve this crisis, Instagram today announced a new feature allowing users to send their live videos right to the Direct inbox of a follower or a group of them.

Instagram has rolled out a new feature to boost its Live Video engagement.

The live video feature was added to the app on Thursday with the latest app update, according to a blog post from Instagram.

Now when you're recording video, you should notice a new Direct icon. Users can also share a live video they are watching with friends. It's like the Instagram version of "co-watching".

Pick the friends you want to ping, and then they can watch you stare back at them in real time.

When you're live, just tap the Direct icon at the bottom of the screen and send your live video to friends. They can only be viewed if you're live and that's it. People will only be able to view the video while it's actually live though, so they'll have to open the direct message and select the video while the person who is doing the live video is still live. But if and when Instagram does spin off Direct into its own app, this feature might go along with it.

For now, this feature lives inside the main Instagram app.

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