Facebook announced a few weeks ago that it would unleash a new feature to allow people to live stream video on their pages and profiles. Now they have started rolling out that feature, starting with verified Facebook pages. This is just another feature that has been part of Facebook’s initiative to become even more quick and relevant when there is an urgent news story that breaks onto the scene. Earlier this year they also released the Notify App which puts news headlines onto your lock screen as they happen, and an Instant Articles feature which provides news stories that load quickly, which has proven essential in developing countries where internet connection is not that strong.
How it works as of right now is pretty simple. If you subscribe to a page you will be notified when it is broadcasting. Then you can just watch! The feature is pretty similar to Periscope, a service for Twitter accounts that provides live streaming and notifies followers when you are broadcasting. Periscope was thought of by two people who were in Turkey when some protests broke out in 2014, and they wanted to see what was happening, but they could only read about it on Twitter, not watch videos. Since then Periscope has become an important service, with over 40 years of video being watched every day. Perhaps Facebook’s service will become just as popular!
How will you use Facebook’s live streaming feature?
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