Instagram has rolled out a new feature: Live Rooms, which will soon be available in India and Indonesia. In this new feature, users can add upto three more people to their live sessions. Live Rooms will give users a platform to showcase their creativity and expand their reach. They can host a talk show, a podcast, or a jam session, collaborate with other artists, or have more meaningful interactions with friends.
Instagram said they tested ‘Live Rooms’ with a few creators in India, including Shereen Bharwani, Manav Chhabra, and Rohina Anand Khira. According to Instagram, since the pandemic first began, live streaming increased 60 per cent on the social media site in March on a week-to-week basis.
Ajit Mohan, Vice President and Managing Director, Facebook India, in a statement said, “Creators are at the forefront of pushing culture and creativity on Instagram and we’re constantly innovating to help them express themselves better. This year in particular has seen extensive use of Live, and as physical distancing norms continue, Live will remain an invaluable feature to bring friends, families and audiences together, and foster meaningful conversations. From the launch of Reels to the testing and rollout of Live Rooms, India is playing a crucial role in the way products are being designed for the future.”
Here is a step-by-step guide on how the festure works. To go live: click on the + sign in the top left-hand corner in the ‘your story’ section or click the “Create”+ icon in the top right of the home navigation bar or swipe left on the main Instagram home screen. Then scroll to the bottom anx tap the Live camera option. To add a title click on ‘menu’ on the left. Finally, click on the circular button to go live
To add guests to your live stream: tap the Camera or Rooms icon, while users are live. You can either add users that have requested to join their live or you can send users a request to join their live by keying in their username.
Then click on the user’s handle to add them. You can either add all three guests in one go or you can add guests later.