Instagram's 'Live Stories' is finally going global.
Instagram Stories, a clone of Snapchat, rolled out the Live stories feature in November last year, only to US users. However, the social network is ready to roll it out globally within next few weeks.
In a blog post, Instagram said, “Today we’re excited to share that live video on Instagram Stories — a new way to connect with your friends and followers right now — will be rolling out to our entire global community over the next week. From real-time makeup tutorials to live DJ sets, it’s been exciting to watch as the community shares new sides of their lives.”
Available on the version 10.0 and above, to start a live video, users simply swipe right to open the Stories feature. One more swipe to the right gives them to option to go live. A single video can last up to one hour. To see what people are recording at any time, go to the Explore panel by tapping the magnifying glass at the bottom of the screen. Popular videos will be shown in the top row with a badge that says "Live."
Recently, Instagram announced that 150 million people use Stories every day. However, it is yet to specify how many users were actively using the live feature. Instagram is also expected to start displaying ads between stories, so keep checking this space for more updates on Instagram.