During a conference broadcast live from Berlin Friday, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg praised the new feature as a less ‘curated’ way of showing your close ones what is going on in your life. The social media giant plans to make available live video streaming on its social networking site at some point next week.
To see whether the feature is available at your location look after the “What’s on your mind?” tab in the upper part of the News Feed section. If the feature is available simply tap the Live Video icon and get ready for your moment of fame.
While you are live streaming you can see how many people are watching, as well as their names. Viewers can post comments. Plus, you can save the video for later in your Timeline if you plan for other people to watch it.
Zuckerberg seemed uber thrilled over the new feature. He said he is most excited about it just because it is so ‘raw and visceral,’ something a selfie or a carefully curated photo will never be.
On Friday, the company said that the feature will be first released in the U.S. within a week, with more nations to come. In the U.S. and more than two dozen states, “Live Video” has been already rolled out for iOS in January.
Facebook’s founder thinks that the new feature may soon become the primary way people will choose to share their special moments with their friends. He explained that people can express how they feel or what they are doing right here and right now without making it a ‘super curated thing.’
“[…]I think that’s going to be very powerful,”
He also noted that people with big audiences have been demanding live streaming for quite some time now. Facebook also expects the new feature to be especially popular among young people such as high schoolers and college students.
Furthermore, Zuckerberg acknowledged that of all the things his company has been testing in recent years the live video feature is something he is looking most forward to release.
Social media analysts are now curious to learn how the move would impact Twitter’s Periscope, a hugely popular video streaming app, which is now increasingly being integrated into the microblogging site. And with Facebook’s 1.6 billion users the outcome is not hard to be foreseen.
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