With COVID-19 ruining live shows, events and conventions around the world, it’s understandable that people turned to social media and the Internet to host various live events and connect with their fans along the way. While most sites and tools allow these virtual events to take place quite easily, most will allow only one or two speakers at a time, making it difficult if more than one person wants to communicate with each other.
Instagram has realized this problem and is now launching a new update entitled Live Rooms, which will allow up to four people to video chat in a live broadcast, doubling the previous limit of two. The idea behind this doubling of the interaction is to allow more people to join a jam session or podcast, which will hopefully open up how the feature is used among the users. And maybe also attract a larger audience.
With Live Rooms, all followers of everyone who joins can see the live room and, depending on their notifications, be pinged about it. However, anyone blocked by the active participants will not be able to join the Live Room, which could lead to an uncomfortable conversation if that ever happens
It’s a feature that makes a lot of sense and it might come as a bit of a surprise that Instagram has taken so long to get it out, given that a larger group of speakers or presenters makes it a lot easier for different types of content. However, it is still ahead of some of its competitors so it should help get a lot of attention or those looking for this kind of online interaction in their live shows.
Last updated: March 3, 2021