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Instagram jumps on the bandwagon with disappearing messages

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It’s been on the cards for a while, but Instagram has started to roll out a number of new features for users which will be available on iOS and Android over the next few weeks. Instagram users have been able to send direct personal messages to each other now for some time – this is of course, not new. In fact text, video and images are all possible within the current offerings from Instagram.

But with the new update, when you share a photo or video to Instagram Stories you are now also able to select friends or groups of friends to send it to. The person or group to whom you’ve sent the image can view the message once and replay it (just once) then it disappears (we’ve seen how that works on Snapchat – but does it really disappear?).

Instagram has also begun to roll out Instagram Live – but unlike Facebook Live and Periscope which broadcasts via Twitter, Instagram Live will work slightly differently with the big difference being that there is no replay, which both Facebook and Periscope offer. Live on Instagram means live. The live video disappears as soon as the stream stops.

Advice remains the same. When it comes to any app which promises disappearing messages – always be careful with the content you’re creating. Ask yourself ‘Am I giving a good account of myself’? Remember it’s very easy for someone to screenshot a video image or image using a second device and no doubt in the not-too-distant future, there will be some sort of new app which will save supposedly disappeared Instagram images.

Always. Always. STOP | THINK | POST

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Posted By Wayne Denner

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