Instagram Broadcast Chat Feature dubbed 'Channels' launched; Facebook, Messenger will get it too

Instagram is rolling out a Broadcast Chat Feature named 'Channels'. How will it help you? Know here.

| Updated on: Feb 17 2023, 16:14 IST
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1/5 If you are an Instagram user and are not comfortable in sharing your images, videos, among others with all via Instagram stories then you can create a Close Friends list and share your story with only the people on that list. It can also be known that with stories, you can share photos and videos that disappear from your profile, feed and messages after 24 hours, unless you add them to your profile as story highlights. (Pixabay)
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2/5 It can be noted that people on your Close Friends list will know they are on it, but they can't see who else is on the list. Only you can see your close friends list, and no one can request to be added. (AP)
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4/5 Instagram: How to create Close Friends list- Tap profile or your profile picture in the bottom right to go to your profile. Then click at the top right, then tap Close Friends. Scroll down to Suggestions (Android) or Suggested (iPhone). Tap Add next to the people who you want to add to your Close Friends list. You can also tap Search to search for a friend. (Pixabay)
5/5 Instagram: How to share a story with your close friends list- Tap at the top or swipe right anywhere in feed, then scroll to Story at the bottom. Then click at the bottom of the screen to take a photo, or tap and hold to record a video. To choose a photo from your phone's library or gallery, swipe up anywhere on the screen. When you are ready to share, tap Close Friends in the bottom left. (REUTERS)
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After Instagram, Meta will also introduce the feature to Messenger and Facebook in the coming months (Instagram)

Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO of Meta, has made an announcement about the release of a new Instagram feature named "Channels," which facilitates broadcast chatting. He made the announcement with his own “Meta Channels.” The one-to-many messaging tool called "Broadcast Channels" enables creators to engage with their most enthusiastic followers by inviting them all into a public forum. However, Meta is currently testing broadcast channels with a handful of U.S. creators with Instagram only. Later, Broadcast Channels will also reach Messenger and Facebook in the coming months. How does it work? How will followers be able to join it? Find out here.

How do Instagram Channels work?

Broadcast channels offer creators a convenient and prompt method of updating their followers, allowing them to share the latest news, and behind-the-scenes glimpses, and even conduct polls to solicit feedback from fans using text, photo, video, and voice notes. In this feature, only creators can send messages, while followers can respond to content and vote in polls.

The company confirmed that in the coming months, Instagram will be adding more features, such as the ability to bring another creator into the channels to discuss upcoming collaborations.

Once a creator gains access, they can initiate broadcast channels by accessing their Instagram inbox. When they send their inaugural broadcast channel message, their followers will get a one-time notification to join the channels. Once the broadcast channel is active, creators may encourage followers to join in by using the "join channels" sticker in Stories or by attaching the channel link to their profile.

How to join broadcast channels on Instagram

  • To access the broadcast channels, you must click the link on a mobile device either from the creator's Story sticker, pinned link on their profile, or a one-time notification sent when they start new channels.
  • After that tap “Join broadcast channels.”
  • After joining the channels, it will appear in the Instagram inbox next to other message threads.
  • Followers can leave or mute broadcast channels at any time, or turn off a creator's broadcast channels notifications entirely.

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First Published Date: 17 Feb, 16:13 IST