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Facebook Releases Live Streaming Video Feature

By piranha

10th December 2015

Last week, Facebook began rolling out a brand new feature on the social media platform which allows users to live stream videos to their friends.

This means that users of the site will soon be able to talk to family members and friends, who perhaps don’t live nearby, in a live video conversation.

Facebook are not the only ones to take an interest in video streaming, Meerkat and Twitter-owned periscope apps have proved popular for broadcasting live videos on the web.

In a blog post announcement, the company said; ” Live lets you show the people you care about what you’re seeing in real time — whether you’re visiting a new place, cooking your favourite recipe, or just want to share some thoughts. No matter where you are, Live lets you bring your friends and family right next to you to experience what’s happening together.”

“To share live video, tap on Update Status and then select the Live Video icon. You can write a quick description and choose the audience that you want to share with before going live. During your broadcast, you’ll see the number of live viewers, the names of friends who are tuning in, and a real-time stream of comments. When you end your broadcast, it will be saved on your Timeline like any other video, which you can then delete or keep for your friends to watch later.”

In addition to broadcasting videos, Facebook users will also be able to search for videos from their favourite public figures. Some high profile celebrities have had access to this feature for several months already and have taken the opportunity to stream live to fans all over the world.

If you find a video that you like, you can subscribe to the broadcaster which means that you will get a notification the next time that they go live.

For the moment, the live video feature will only be able to a small number of Facebook mobile users in the U.S. They have said that “over time, the company plans to bring it to all users”, so hopefully users elsewhere in the world won’t have to wait too long.

Would you use the video streaming feature to speak to your family and friends? Let us know on Twitter or Facebook!

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