Facebook Live rolls out new features
April 8, 2016
Facebook Live, a live streaming tool that allows users to air their exploits in real-time, has added new features including the ability to post streams directly onto timelines.
Facebook CEO Marc Zuckerberg commented: “Live is like having a TV camera in your pocket. Anyone with a phone now has the power to broadcast to anyone in the world.”
Since its launch last summer, Facebook Live which – was initially given to celebrities – has been rolled out to all users in the US. Facebook is trying to make it easier to find the live video broadcasts. Live video will now have a dedicated spot on its mobile app. From here, users will have easy access to videos from people close to you or live videos on topics that interest them. Users can also search for live and non-live videos, or create their own Facebook live broadcast by tapping on the new video icon.
Users can restrict the viewing of their broadcast to specific Facebook Events and Facebook Groups only. For example, if you’re part of a theme park group, you can share live rollercoasters with them. Users can also use Events to hold live Q&A sessions.
Facebook Live allows broadcasters to interact with people; receiving comments and responding to them. Now these comments can be replayed for those who watch the video later, enabling them to see all the interaction that has taken place during the live broadcast.
As yet, there is now word on when Facebook Live will be rolled out in other countries.