With Facebook Live you can use your phone to share a moment instantly with the people you care about. This means your friends, family or fans can be there with you, and you can respond to their comments and see their reactions.
To respond to the live video chatting trends in the world, Facebook introduced Facebook Live last summer and reports an overwhelming uptake of the feature since, with many people making it a way of life, practically. From sharing moments with families, journalists breaking news and holding conversations globally to simply telling stories of our everyday life and hobbies.
Facebook has now responded by giving you more. More features, more ways to discover, share, and interact with live video, and more ways to personalize your live broadcasts with filters, yes FILTERS and even the ability to doodle your videos while live.
Live for Groups and Events
“Going live” on Facebook feels special because you are going live with the people you care about. The new Facebook Live features is giving you the ability to go live in Facebook Groups and Facebook Events. Live in Groups allows you to broadcast to just the people in the Facebook Group – so you can go live in your family group, or share a workout plan in a fitness group.
Live in Events means you can go live from a birthday party to allow those that can’t make it to join the fun, and a performer can go live backstage to the people who’ve RSVP-ed to the event to give them a sneak peak. You can even use Events to schedule a live Q&A session.
Interactive Features: Live Reactions, Replay Comments, Live Filters
Facebook Live has been made interactive and fun: Live reactions, replaying comments made while live and Live filters will make it even more so.
Live Reactions makes it easy for your viewers to express their feelings in real time during a live broadcast. Using the same reactions that Facebook added to News Feed, viewers can select Love, Haha, Wow, Sad or Angry, and the reactions animate right on top of the video. Live Reactions appear in real time and disappear quickly so broadcasters and other viewers can get a sense of how people are feeling at different points during the live video – it’s like hearing the crowd applaud and cheer. When your friend reacts to your video or to a video you are both watching together you’ll see their profile pic and a little starburst before their reaction appears.
Discover more live videos: Invite Friends, Live Video Destination and Live Map
By tapping the invite icon, you have the option to send an invitation to a friend to watch with you right from the live video. They will receive a push notification with your invitation and accept it to join your stream. Talk about going on trips without leaving your couch, or is this just another enemy of the “FOMO” crusade!
Facebook is rolling out a dedicated place on Facebook’s mobile app where you can discover live video that the world is talking about, live video from the friends and creators that matter most to you, and live video on topics you’re interested in.
From that place, you can also search live and non-live videos, and choose to go live yourself. Simply tap on the new video icon in the app to navigate to this new space.
Finally, if you want a visual way to explore public live broadcasts that are currently happening around the world, Facebook Live also comes with a Facebook Live Map on desktop. People in more than 60 countries can now share live video, and we’ve been inspired by all the different global broadcasts. The Facebook Live Map gives you a window into what’s happening in the world right now.
How’s that for some competition for Snapchat?