Instagram Lets Users Request to Join a Friend’s Live Stream
Instagram just rolled out a new feature for its live streaming. You can now request to join a live video that you are watching and, if accepted, can start broadcasting live as the host’s guest.
There are now two ways for users to go live on Instagram together, and either user can initiate a request. The comments section in the live stream now has a dedicated request button for initiating a request to join a live stream.
As soon as the request is sent, the person who initiated the live stream will see a popup that they can accept or deny. If accepted, the user who initiated the request gets a short window of time for preparing before the app slits the live stream into two.
A new icon with two smileys now indicates the number of join requests in a badge, if there is more than one request. The button can be tapped to see the requests, accept them, or cancel them.
The user who joined the live stream can leave at any time, and the user who initiated the live stream can also disconnect the other user at any time. This allows users to pop in for a quick hello, or spend more time on a live video.
A person can accept the requests of multiple users, sequentially over the course of the same live stream. Once the live has concluded, users can discard the video or share it to Instagram Stories.