What Is This Crazy Instagram Update Everyone Is Talking About? IGTV (Instagram Television) is Finally Here!
Recently reaching over 1 Billion monthly active users, Instagram is well on it's way to becoming the king of social media. Forward-thinking businesses of all shapes and sizes have been taking advantage of Instagram for years, building an engaged audience, increasing sales, and generating unbelievable ROI.
But that's not what we hear to talk about, we're here to talk about an exciting new feature that has just created a massive opportunity for businesses and brands everywhere.
Instagram announced IGTV, a new platform for long format video content designed to be like social-media based television. In other words... It's Instagram's answer to YouTube!
The Instagram co-founder and CEO, Kevin Systrom, as well as the IGTV product manager, Ashley Yuki, delivered the news onstage at a live-streamed event in San Francisco on Wednesday.
On Instagram’s Info Centre website, they made a blog post, Welcome to IGTV, welcoming Instagram's users, as well as new potential users to IGTV with the statement:
“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!”
As Instagram goes on about launching the new feature and app, people have been going CRAZY downloading the newest updates for the Instagram app as well as downloading the IGTV app.
What Are These Features People Are Talking About?
IGTV (Instagram Television) like I said earlier, is a new platform that you can film longer videos on and is more designed as a social-media based television. The new feature is now available in the most recent version of the Instagram app and also as its own separate app!
But first, let's really look into what IGTV is all about.
A good way to look at IGTV is to think of it more as an Instagram “YouTube” in a way. Anyone can make their own channels and post longer-format videos like a YouTube channel. The great part about IGTV is that it integrates with the Instagram app. IGTV will not only be accessible within the Instagram app, but with a separate IGTV app which is now available on any app store.
But What About Instagram Stories?
IGTV is like Instagram Stories. But with Instagram stories, your video cannot be longer than 15 seconds and disappear after 24 hours of it being posted, matching the Snapchat style (short videos only available for 24 hours).
When a user opens the app, the IGTV video content of an account they already follow on Instagram will begin playing. In the original Instagram app, IGTV content will be able to be available right on an account’s profile page. But don’t worry, IGTV content will not be over-loading into your news feed. IGTV is in a separate section, in the top right of your newsfeed section (the little tv icon), not as part of a user’s feed.
IGTV’s attempt to compete with YouTube as well as Snapchat Discovery seems up-and-coming. Everyone is jumping on IGTV. The YouTube community, influential Instagram users, and celebrities are now switching and/or posting onto IGTV.
Instagram’s blog post states “There won’t be channels beyond individual user accounts, though. The creators are the channels.” The Creators with more followers will have the ability to make the hour-long videos right away, but average Instagram users will be capped at 10 minutes of content.
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