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Instagram launches live videos in US

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Instagram’s live videos are going live for all users in the US today. Today, live videos are being rolled out as part of the Stories feature.Instagram Stories now borrow a little from Snapchat and a little from Facebook. Live videos have been something Facebook has been pushing for quite some time, attempting to draw content creators and viewers away from more popular video sites like YouTube.

To begin shooting a live video, you simply need to swipe over to the Stories camera and toggle the “Live” switch you see there. Once you’ve flipped the switch, you’ll be streaming a live video, which will then disappear when you’re done shooting. Unlike Facebook’s live videos, in other words, other Instagram users won’t have a way of viewing your broadcasts after the fact.

Instagram is also letting users search for live videos as well. With the roll out of this update, the Explore tab features a new category called “Top Live.” It’s here that you’ll find in-progress live videos that are popular with other Instagram users.

Even without last month’s announcement, it was only a matter of time before Facebook’s live videos made the jump to Instagram

 

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