INSTAGRAM is testing a new feature that lets you “co-watch” videos with your pals at the same time.
And you’ll even be able to see their reactions in a FaceTime-style video call too.
The feature is hidden inside Instagram’s Direct Messaging too, which lets you send private chats with friends.
Instagram’s big idea is that you can set up a “co-watching” session with a friend, where you both choose from an array of recommended videos.
These videos will play at the same time for both of you, so you’re watching them together live.
But Instagram is also building in a FaceTime-style video stream into the “co-watching” party.
This means you’ll be able to see your friend’s reactions as they watch a video.
The feature was spotted by Wong who reverse-engineers Facebook and Instagram app code to find unreleased features.
Her previous scoops include Instagram video calling, the Time Well Spent dashboard, and music for Stories.
Instagram – the key facts
Here’s what you need to know…
- Instagram is a social network for sharing photos and videos
- It was created back in October 2010 as an iPhone-exclusive app
- A separate version for Android devices was released 18 months later
- The app rose to popularity thanks to its filters system, which lets you quickly edit your photos with cool effects
- When it first launched, users could only post square 1:1 ratio images, but that rule was changed in 2015
- In 2012, Facebook bought Instagram for $1billion in cash and stock
- In 2018, some analysts believe the app is worth closer to $100billion
- In October 2015, Instagram confirmed that more than 40billion photos had been uploaded to the app
- And in 2018, Instagram revealed that more than a billion people were using the app every month
Sadly, it’s possible that this feature may never make it to the live version of Instagram.
Instagram constantly tests out new features before sending them live to the world.
And if Instagram isn’t happy with how the feature works, it could change it completely.
Or more disappointingly, the feature could be scrapped altogether – meaning you never get a chance to try it.
We’ve asked Instagram for comment and will update this story with any response.
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What new features would you like to see added to Instagram? Let us know in the comments!
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