Instagram Is Getting Ready to Introduce Live Stories to Users Globally

Livestreaming has been available in the U.S. since November

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Instagram is about to let everyone around the world "go live." The company is expanding its live video offering, Instagram Live Stories, to users worldwide.

In a blog post today, the Facebook-owned platform said it's rolling the feature out to more countries over the next week. 

"From real-time makeup tutorials to live DJ sets, it's been exciting to watch as the community shares new sides of their lives," according to the blog post.

The feature will work just like everywhere else: Users can go live by swiping right from their feeds and selecting live video. Videos, which can last for as long as an hour, disappear the moment they end, unlike live video on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter, which can be saved for later viewing.

It's been two months and a few days since Instagram first announced it was introducing live video. In December, the feature was made available to Instagram's 78 million users in the U.S. Instagram has made other updates to Instagram Stories this month, including dropping ads between users' stories, much like rival Snapchat has done. (Live videos still don't have ads in them.)

@martyswant Marty Swant is a former technology staff writer for Adweek.