Phone a friend: Instagram will soon let you live stream with a guest

Nearly a year since it first launched its own live streaming feature, Instagram is now adding the ability to tag in a friend to join in on your latest casts.

Currently in testing for a select number of users, Instagram’s new feature allows users to select anyone currently watching the stream and invite them into the action.

From there, the screen splits in half to accommodate both co-streamers, with the usual “likes” and commenting functionality left intact. 

Depending on the host, bringing on a friend could have many uses such as curbing stage fright, bringing in audience participation, or simply making it easier to drop in special guests into your streams.

Instastream

During the show, guests can choose to sign off whenever they choose and the original broadcaster can then opt to post their latest stream to Instagram’s stories, save it to their phone or delete it from the app entirely.

It’s unsurprising that Instagram is adding a way to incorporate a friend into live streaming, as parent company Facebook announced plans for a similar feature back in May.

While co-streaming is still in development, an Instagram representative tells TechRadar that the feature can be expected to out globally within the coming months.

By Parker Wilhelm
from Techradar.com

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