Instagram now allows up to four people to go live together on its platform. The company on Monday announced Live Rooms where you can invite up to three other people to join you in your Instagram Live session. Previously, only two people could go live together on the app.
Instagram hopes that allowing more people to go live together “will open up more creative opportunities”. The company says this would enable users to “start a talk show, host a jam session or co-create with other artists, host more engaging Q&As or tutorials with your following, or just hang out with more of your friends.”
Instagram’s Live feature has been around since 2016 and it has been used in several ways since the pandemic struck. The app allows viewers to purchase badges for their favorite creators to support their creative work. Viewers can also buy their products or donate to fundraisers. With Live Rooms, creators have greater exposure and, hopefully, more opportunities to earn money.
Instagram Live Rooms allows up to four people to go live together
Pretty much everything is happening on screens these days. From work meetings to school and college classes, music concerts, and a lot more, the COVID-19 pandemic has greatly changed the way we work, learn, and entertain. Apps like Zoom and Clubhouse, which is a voice-based chat app, have gained huge popularity during the still-ongoing global health crisis.
Several established companies also launched their own tools to better facilitate users stuck at home. Twitter introduced voice tweets and Spaces, which is a Clubhouse alternative. Similarly, several video calling apps increased the number of participants so more people could hang out together or jam for group learning.
Instagram itself has made Live streams viewable on the web so people could watch them on bigger screens. It now even allows users to users to save Live streams to IGTV so they are still visible after 24 hours. The company also extended the maximum length of a stream to four hours. It previously allowed streams of up to only an hour.
Live Rooms is another tool Instagram has designed around the current needs. Users can start a Live Rooms session by swiping left and selecting the Live camera option. There they can enter a title for the session and tap the Rooms icon to add their guests.
Users who have previously requested to go live with you will be shown at the top. You can also search for other guests to add. You can add all three guests at once or one by one. Live Rooms is rolling out to users starting this Monday and will be available globally for everyone on Instagram in the coming days.