Facebook had recently rearranged the layout including notification panel on its app in order to make it better suited for watching live videos. The social media giant has been betting big on the Live streaming feature and is taking on the likes of other live streaming services including Meerkat and Periscope. Initially, the Live video feature was restricted to a select few celebrities and verified profiles but was later extended to general public in select few countries. In India, Facebook Live was till now available for few people on iOS, but starting from today, it has been enabled for everyone on iOS and Android as well.
The feature was initially available only for the US folks on iOS, and slowly being rolled out globally in phases. Live allows one to broadcast without installing a separate app. This will not only help people connect in a better way with their friends and family but also help the brands to broadcast their events. In order to access this feature head over to the “What’s in your mind” option in the Facebook app and select “Go Live.” If your device is running on Android Marshmallow the app will ask permission for accessing the front camera and the mic.
Moreover, one can also decide with whom the video has to be shared, public, friends only, only me or any particular list. Add a description of your video and you are good to go live. While the broadcast is in progress one can see the various stats including the number of people tuned in, the reactions of the viewers and the comments as well. Post the broadcast the video will be saved and can be played like any other video on Facebook.
We have seen umpteen cases where people have used Facebook Live to live stream important happenings like police brutality and protests in the US. It’s an extremely powerful tool, and Facebook is trying to make it easily accessible for everyone with neat integration to the existing app.