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Instagram Live Video, New Status Composer, Snapchat Partnership

Instagram Live Video coming soon

Instagram Live VideoInstagram’s CEO confirmed that the platform will introduce Instagram Live Video in the near future. The feature debuted last month in Russia where an icon marked “Live” next to Instagram Stories.

The process of using Instagram Live Video appears to work similar to Facebook Live where a user’s camera will fire up to broadcast. No word just yet when this feature will roll out globally.

Facebook streamlines Status Composer

Status ComposerFacebook page managers are noticing something new this week: an updated Status Composer.

The change began rolling out this week and is designed to help page owners decide on what their goals for their posts are. Facebook says that this was previously “hidden”  behind a click on the “Produce, Offer, Job +” link when posting on their page. Read more

YouTube Livestreaming App & New Facebook Tools

YouTube competing in the livestreaming market

There could soon be a new kid (app) on the block for livestreaming. YouTube is reportedly building an app it calls YouTube Connect to allow users to stream live video from their devices. This would put the app in direct competition with Twitter’s Periscope and Facebook Live. Livestreaming reportedly coming from YouTube Connect

VentureBeat reports Connect will allow users to log in from Google or YouTube to begin livestreaming and come with chat, tagging and newsfeed functionality. Naturally, videos will be viewable on YouTube as well as through the app. While this sounds intriguing there is one point that is sorely lacking from Connect: a lack of integration with Facebook and Twitter making it easy to share live streams on social networks. Lacking this feature could spell trouble for YouTube unless something can be done to allow access.

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