Live-streaming apps like Twitter’s Periscope and Meerkat are big right now, and Facebook wants in on it.
Facebook introduced Live Video on Thursday, which allows users to broadcast video from their phones to Facebook in real time. Facebook began experimenting with live streaming over the summer, but at the time, the capability was limited to celebrities who had verified profiles, PC Magazine explained.
However, the company is now testing the live stream feature with a “small percentage” of non-famous U.S. users on iPhones. If you are one of the lucky few with access to the feature, you can click on Update Status and select the Live Video icon to share a live video.During a broadcast, you’ll be able to see how many live viewers are tuning in along with a stream of comments; this is pretty much exactly how Periscope and Meerkat function.
The Live expansion is part of Facebook’s push “to help friends and family feel like they’re in the moment with you,” TechCrunch reported.
“Whether you’re visiting a new place, cooking your favorite recipe, or just want to share some thoughts…Live lets you bring your friends and family right next to you to experience what’s happening together,” Vadim Lavrusik and Thai Tran, Facebook product managers, wrote in an announcement.
And along the same lines, Facebook also revealed a new sharing format that lets users post multiple videos and photos as tiles called Collages. It is similar to apps like PicStitch or Instagram’s standalone app Layout. Collages are coming to Android and iOS starting in 2016.
The social network is also testing a new drop-down menu that lets users choose between multiple content types. It leaves room for more features as Facebook continues to branch out, like 360-degree video and more.
It looks like Facebook is willing to adopt whatever sharing mediums are all the rage at the moment to stay relevant. And they don’t care if they are criticized for “copying.” It’s working for them!