Instagram's 2 New Features Might Make You Forget All About Snapchat
Are you someone who goes back and forth between using Snapchat and Instagram? Well, Instagram's two new features, live video and disappearing photos and videos in direct messages, might finally make you stop switching between the two.
Instagram's live video combines features from Facebook Live and Twitter's Periscope. To go live, all you need to do is swipe right and tap "Start Live Video." Unlike Facebook and Periscope, however, the live video exists only in the moment — it disappears once you're done filming. If you're someone watching the live video, you can tap and leave hearts (similar to Periscope) or leave a comment. Swipe right on a live video to see more, or go to the search page to discover who's live right now. Instagram is testing the feature for now and will roll it out to everyone in the next few weeks.
For those of us who love Snapchat's ephemeral photos and videos, Instagram is now integrating something similar into the app. Starting today, you can send temporary photos and videos to your friends as a direct message. When you look at your direct messages, you'll see what messages have these short-lived photos and videos at the top.
Read ahead to see what these two new features look like and start playing around with them. It might be enough to make you forget about Snapchat's spectacles.