Instagram Takes On YouTube & Snapchat Discover with Long-Form Video (Update Ep87)

Livestream Universe Update & Amazon Alexa Flash Briefing

Ross Brand with your Livestream Universe Update podcast and Alexa Flash Briefing for Thursday, June 14th, 2018.

Tech Crunch is reporting that Instagram will announce the launch of a long-form video hub next week. This looks to be an attempt by Facebook to challenge both YouTube and Snapchat’s Discover feature. Instagram is planning to open the doors for creators to upload 4k, full-screen, vertical videos. Tech Crunch reports Instagram has been working to bring social media stars and content publishers onboard before the announcement on June 20th. Expect the long-form videos to have an external link-out option along with potential monetization.

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At 2pm ET, it’s Lunch with Leslie, hosted by Leslie Nance. Make your body inhospitable to cancer through your kitchen as Leslie shares delicious, healthy recipes. View on Twitter Live at @go2kitchens.

At 3pm ET, it’s Live Positive with Jeff Adams on the BeLive TV Facebook page. The guest is Love Talks host Andrea Hill, who helps people consciously date better.

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About Ross Brand


Ross Brand applies his background as a radio host to conduct interviews and lead livestream conversations that inform and entertain. He is the founder and editor of Livestream Universe, covering the latest and greatest in livestreaming and online broadcasting.

Ross hosts #LivestreamStars Mondays and Thursdays at 7pm ET at RossBrand.LIVE. The show features talented broadcasters delivering high-quality content across livestream platforms. He also hosts #LivestreamDeals and #BestofBeLive.

Ross is the co-founder of You can find Ross on Twitter: @iRossBrand. His Instagram username is @RossBrand1.

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