Instagram is revolutionizing the way we watch videos!
After surpassing one billion users, everyone’s favorite photo sharing app made a huge announcement today: they’re launching IGTV, a new app and space within IG where you can watch long-form, vertical videos from your favorite creators! Yep, that means no more one minute limit on video posts!
And the best part? Some of our all-time favorite social media influencers (like Bryce Xavier and LaurDIY) helped ring in the exciting announcement with an epic livestream from Instagram HQ! To get in on all the fun, update the app to version 50 in the App store, force quit the app, reopen IG, and look for the IGTV logo on the upper right corner. Enjoy!
From our CEO @kevin: “Today, we have two big announcements to share. First, Instagram is now a global community of one billion! Since our launch in 2010, we’ve watched with amazement as the community has flourished and grown. This is a major accomplishment — so from all of us at Instagram, thank you! Second, we’re announcing our most exciting feature to date: IGTV, a new app for watching long-form, vertical video from your favorite Instagram creators, like LaurDIY (@laurdiy) posting her newest project or King Bach (@kingbach) sharing his latest comedy skit. While there’s a stand-alone IGTV app, you’ll also be able to watch from within the Instagram app so the entire community of one billion can use it from the very start. IGTV is different in a few ways. First, it’s built for how you actually use your phone, so videos are full screen and vertical. Also, unlike on Instagram, videos aren’t limited to one minute. Instead, each video can be up to an hour long. We made it simple, too. Just like turning on the TV, IGTV starts playing as soon as you open the app. You don’t have to search to start watching content from people you already follow on Instagram and others you might like based on your interests. You can swipe up to discover more — switch between “For You,” “Following,” “Popular” and “Continue Watching.” You can also like, comment and send videos to friends in Direct. Also like TV, IGTV has channels. But, in IGTV, the creators are the channels. When you follow a creator on Instagram, their IGTV channel will show up for you to watch. Anyone can be a creator — you can upload your own IGTV videos in the app or on the web to start your own channel. Instagram has always been a place to connect with the people who inspire, educate and entertain you every day. With your help, IGTV begins a new chapter of video on Instagram. We hope it brings you closer to the people and things you love. IGTV will be rolling out globally over the next few weeks on iOS and Android.
Taking the stage at Instagram HQ isn’t the only exciting thing Bryce has been up to lately! Did you know he recently joined the cast of “Total Eclipse” for its second season?