It’s no secret that graphics-based social media sites (think Instagram, Snapchat, and even Pinterest to a lesser extent) are now among the most popular ways to share content online.
Were you aware, for example, that nearly 250 million people check out Instagram Stories each day? According to a report from CNBC, it’s true! Numbers are a little shakier when it comes to how many of these users have tried the live video feature, but it’s still a remarkable number.
Now, Instagram is poised to change the live video game again, by introducing the option to save and replay certain Instagram stories. A majority of analysts view this as a smart move that could propel Instagram into even greater success in the future; given that they’ve already done a nice job cornering the market, this could represent another huge victory for the ‘Gram.
Drawbacks of Disappearing Video
The idea of a disappearing video is great sometimes, but what about videos that you want to keep? Instagram seems to be making the smart decision by allowing users to save these videos; their number of users still dwarfs those reported by Snapchat and other platforms.
One of the major downsides to Instagram Stories used to be the fact that the content disappeared and could not be replayed. Instagram has heard these user complaints loud and clear, however–you can now save your Instagram live videos.
How to Save Disappearing Videos from Instagram Stories
Instagram recently announced a new feature via their blog. In an amazingly fast roll-out, this update has already gone live, and is ready for you to use. To save your own Instagram stories, simply follow this two-step process:
- If you live stream a video, simply press “Share” (the button that normally pops up when you end a broadcast)
- To view somebody’s archived “re-play”, look for the play button (located under their profile picture)
For those who want videos to disappear, no special effort is required–simply keep posting as you usually would. This is a nice alternative to some social media platforms that institute sweeping changes without any mass notification to users.
It remains to be seen whether Snapchat and other similar platforms will follow suit with the ability to save and re-share live video content, but many experts predict that they will.
What do you think of this change to Instagram Stories’s format? Are you a fan, or do you think that disappearing videos should do just that–disappear? Either way, let us know in the comments below!
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