It is easy to make a Instagram live video, but how do your friends know you are broadcasting when they do not get the general notification? As of now, you can ping them yourself. Instagram has added the features to send live videos as direct messages. So you can ensure pals tune in when you are live-streaming your vacation. You can also send a video as a viewer if there is a must-see stream. It only works when videos are live, we’d note, so recipients will have to check replays like everyone else.
This feature is available for Android and iOS users now. It is not going to make a dramatic impact, but it could be a big help for personal streaming where you only expect a handful of people to watch. And that is the point, actually — Instagram wants the feature to be widely used by everyone. Not just celebrities who can expect hundreds or thousands of viewers as a matter of course.