Instagram has added an incredibly interesting new feature to their Live Video functionality that lets users Request to join a Live Video stream as guests, and could greatly boost user adoption for Instagram Live.
Earlier Instagram also introduced a new functionality that lets users go Live with friends, although that could only be done by the host, who could add or remove Live Video guests from their broadcast. Now with the ability to Request to join a friend’s Live Video stream, one-on-one live interaction can experience a significant boost on the photosharing platform.
Not just among friends and their playful banter, this new Request feature could let Influencers and celebrities interact with their fans on a Live broadcast, while the entire world watches the lucky fan lose their mind with happiness.
Hey, I’d freeze and my insides would be screaming if my favourite footballer would accept my Request to join him on a Live broadcast.
“Of course, there’s the worry that someone says something inappropriate when they join, but that’s not necessarily any riskier than allowing random people to comment on your posts. In an ideal world, Instagram would build in a feature like a 2- or 3-second delay that would let the host boot the guest if they said anything inappropriate, but for now it seems like hosts will just have to selectively screen their guests,” Fitz Tepper from TechCrunch writes.
Now now, “you can easily see requests from friends who want to join. In the comments section, you’ll see a notification for each request. Just tap the “View” button and then choose to add your friend or cancel the request.”
The new smiley face icon will display the number of Requests you have in red, and if you choose to add anyone as a guest to your Live Video broadcast, you retain the controls of when to remove them, and/or add another user.
Live Video broadcasts with guests can also be reshared as an Instagram Story just as it used to be,