Instagram just launched a new feature called Live Rooms to allow users to go Live with up to three people.
Previously, the platform only allowed users to go live with only one other person. This could mean Instagram is gunning to take on the newcomer Clubhouse – which is popular for a similar feature.
According to the company, the feature will open room for new creative ways including; starting a talk show, host a jam session or co-create with other artists, host engaging Q&As, tutorials or just hang out with more of your friends.
Live Rooms also gives creators even more ways to build a business and earn money. We recently announced that Live viewers could purchase badges for their favorite creators to show their love. With Live Rooms, viewers can buy badges for the hosts and use other interactive features like Shopping and Live Fundraisers. We’re also exploring more interactive tools such as offering moderator controls and audio features that will be available in the coming months.
How it Works
To start a Live Room— swipe left and pick the Live camera option. Then, add a title and tap the Rooms icon to add your guests. You’ll see people who have requested to go live with you, and you can also search for a guest to add. When you start a Live Room, you’ll remain at the top of the screen when you add guests. As a broadcaster, you can add up to three guests at once or one by one (for example, you could start with two guests, and add a surprise guest as the third participant later!) Going live with multiple guests is a great way to increase your reach, as guests’ followers can also be notified.