Facebook team now provided the website’s users with a possibility to enjoy live video. The company announced a dedicated video space on its mobile app along with several other features today in the hopes that you will watch and broadcast more videos live.
“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,” network’s founder Mark Zuckerberg said on his Facebook page. “This is a big shift in how we communicate, and it’s going to create new opportunities for people to come together.”
The company launched Facebook Live last year, as the hype around streaming apps took hold, initially giving it to public figures. It has been rolling out to the public since, with everyone in the US now able to use it.
The world’s most popular social network now offers its users to go live within Facebook groups and events, and has released a whole set of features and other ways of joining in with live events.
The novelty allows to apply several filters to its videos, which lets users turn their broadcast black and white or add other tints. The site will also “add the ability to draw or doodle on your video while live”.
Moreover, Zuckerberg’s site now suggests new ways of finding videos, either by location or by inviting friends. Facebook has also added a special button that means that people can ask their friends to watch a live video alongside them, for instance.
Product head Chris Cox hosted a live video session Wednesday, saying that “Facebook hopes it will be used for everything from intimate family moments, such as a baby’s first steps, celebrity-hosted question-and-answer sessions and breaking newscasts.”
The novelty is promised to appear on iOS and Android running devices within next few weeks, but it still remains unclear whether that will also come with an increased rollout of the availability of the feature, which at the moment is mostly limited to people in the US.
The news about Facebook’s new Live feature comes a few weeks after the social network announced its Reactions – it’s totally redesigned “like” button.
By long-pressing—or, on a computer, hovering—over the “like” button, users can now access five additional animated emoji with which to express themselves. Each emotive icon is named for the reaction it’s meant to convey. “Like” you already know—say hello to “love,” “haha,” “wow,” “sad,” and “angry”.
The novelty is the product of more than a year of research and experimentation, revealed Facebook Product Manager Sammi Krug. “We totally understand that the Like button is incredibly iconic, it’s been doing great things for Facebook for the last seven years.”
He went on, saying that the team spent months conducting research and surveying users to hone in on what, exactly, was missing from the Like button, though users have been begging for a “dislike” option starting from the appearing of the Like.