Instagram announced today that it will now be offering live video for Stories, a feature that it launched back in August. The Facebook-owned social network says that once you're done recording, "your live story disappears from the app so you can feel more comfortable sharing anything, anytime."
You've probably already seen Stories at the top of your Instagram feed. Moving forward, you'll see a badge on them that says "Live" while they're recording. You'll also be able to find more live streams through the Explore feature.
Of course, any user can record live by opening the camera and tapping the "Start Live Video" button. You'll be able to record for up to an hour.
The company also announced that you'll be able to send disappearing photos and videos to friends through direct messages. Instagram says that since launching Direct last year, its monthly usage has jumped from 80 million to 300 million.
Of course, you'll only be able to send disappearing photos and videos to people that follow you, which is the general rule for direct messages.
Disappearing photos and videos will begin rolling out globally today, but live video in Stories and Explore will take a bit longer, as it's expected to be offered within the next few weeks. We reached out to Instagram to ask if the features will also be available in its Windows 10 app, and the firm confirmed that they will.