InstagramReleases New Features
Disappearing photos and live video streaming are just part of the fun
Social Media Basics
Send Disappearing Photos
Snapchat became famous as the first
app to enable you to send photos that
disappear after recipients see them.
This feature is handy for sending silly,
messy photos in which your hair isn’t
quite right or something else of that
nature. Snapchat also allowed creative
license with drawings, text, and stick-
ers that could be added to photos.
Now Instagram enables you to do the
Another new feature is streaming
live video, one that Facebook also
launched in 2016. Unlike Facebook,
Instagram doesn’t store live video
streams. But in every other respect the
two features are similar. Instagram
now allows you to start a video at any
time and have followers view it live for
up to an hour. During the stream,
others can comment unless you opt
out of them.
Another Snapchat-like feature that
Instagram has integrated is stories.
With this feature, you can organize
your photos into a story line that’s
viewable for 24 hours. To create a
story, use the camera icon to take
photos and videos as usual and tap
icon at the bottom of
the photo screen. Each photo or video
will be added to your story, which you
can view and edit.
Six years after its inception, Instagram decided to give itself a makeover. The photo-sharing app recently
expanded its features, some of which mimic other social media outlets like Facebook, Twitter, and
Snapchat. These new features allow you to expand your sharing beyond a stream of polished photos: