Facebook Expands Live Video Streaming to More People
Facebook today said a small percentage of iPhone owners in the U.S. will be able to test streaming live video to their Facebook friends. Facebook has allowed celebrities and other public figures to stream live video for several months, so today's news marks an expansion of the feature. Similar to Twitter's Periscope app, live video from Facebook lets broadcasters see the number of viewers and their names, and a real-time stream of comments. Live broadcasts are automatically saved to users' timelines where they can be kept or deleted. People will be able to see live videos in their News Feed, but may also subscribe to the feeds of their favorite broadcasters. Facebook will send alerts to let people know when broadcasters go live. Facebook didn't say how it is determining which people will be able to test this feature. Facebook also expanded its photo-sharing tools. Moving forward, Facebook will automatically organize photos and videos into collages based on time, date, and location data. Users can rearrange the collages however they wish and then share them with others. Facebook said the collage feature will roll out to the iPhone today and to Android devices early next year.
Facebook Expands Live Video to All US iPhone Owners
Facebook today increased the set of people able to make use of its live video feature to all iPhone owners in the U.S. Facebook first tested the service with celebrities and public figures before expanding to a small set of iPhone users back in December.
Facebook Live to Reach Android Phones This Week
Facebook today said it is expanded the availability of its Facebook Live video feature to people who use Android devices. Until now, the feature had been restricted to Apple iPhones.
Facebook Fully Commits to Live Video with New Tools
Facebook today significantly expanded the capabilities of its Live Video feature by adding more ways to connect and share with viewers. First, users can now broadcast live video to small groups or schedule live video events in advance.
Facebook Letting Celebrities Broadcast Live Video
Facebook today announced a new feature that will allow public figures to interact with fans and followers directly through live video. Verified public figures, such as actors, musicians, politicians, and athletes, will be able to share live video feeds directly with fans.