Facebook Is Testing Out a Live Video Feature

Facebook is rolling out two new features that may change how people use the social media site.

Facebook Is Testing Out a Live Video Feature Photo (cc) by Marcin Wichary

Facebook is testing out a feature that would allow users to stream videos in real time.

The social media network and publicly traded company announced Dec. 3 that it had started to test the feature, called “Live,” with a “small percentage” of people in the U.S. who have iPhones.

The announcement did not specify when Live might become available to other Facebook users.

Here’s how Facebook describes it:

Live lets you show the people you care about what you’re seeing in real time — whether you’re visiting a new place, cooking your favorite recipe or just want to share some thoughts.

No matter where you are, Live lets you bring your friends and family right next to you to experience what’s happening together.

Live broadcasts can last up to 30 minutes, according to Facebook’s help page about Live.

During a live broadcast, Facebook would show the broadcaster information such as:

  • The number of live viewers
  • The names of Facebook friends who are tuning in
  • A real-time stream of comments

Afterward, the video will be saved to the broadcaster’s Facebook Timeline like any other video for people who wish to view it at a later time. Or, the broadcaster can delete the video from Timeline.

Another new feature that Facebook announced Dec. 3 is called “Collage.”

Facebook describes Collage as “a new way to share experiences captured with your phone’s camera by grouping photos and videos that were taken together into a scrolling, moving collage.”

Collage began rolling out on iPhone on Dec. 3 and will be available on Android early next year.

To learn how to use the feature, check out Facebook’s help page about Collage.

Would you use either of these features? Share your thoughts below or on our Facebook page.

Karla Bowsher
Karla Bowsher
I’m a freelance journalist and former newspaper reporter who has covered both personal and public finance. I've worked for a top 50 major metro daily and a community newspaper as well as ... More

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