No memory is left behind in the social media world. Part of the fun is reliving moments of pure joy, sheer humiliation and inside jokes. Instagram’s latest update embraces the permanence that is associated with social media and now allows saving of live videos.
Live video broadcasters can now save their videos to re-watch later, while prior to the update the videos were wiped from existence once the stream ended.
Worry not. If something embarrassing happens while you’re streaming, you won’t be forced to relive it or have friends posting it on your timeline every birthday. The video is removed from the app completely as usual, only now you have the option to save it to your camera roll.
On the other hand, if something exciting or unbelievable happens while streaming, you get to relive and share the moment over and over instead of having to poorly explain what happened to friends who weren’t watching.
After you finish your broadcast, just tap the save icon and your video is stored. None of the likes, comments or other viewer interactions will be saved - just the video footage.
“We are excited by how our community is using live video to connect with their friends and followers in the moment,” says Instagram in the blog post on the update.
“This is just the first of many improvements we’ll be making to live stories this year.”
Future improvements could make live videos a more popular and interesting form of communication between Instagram users.
These updates are available as part of Instagram version 10.12. The app is available for iOS in the Apple App Store and for Android in Google Play.