Facebook has surprised users by introducing two big hits – Live Video and Collages of photos and videos. With these latest features, the social network giant has offered easier ways for your friends to annoy you on Facebook.
Nearly four months after bringing live video streaming to celebrities and other high profile users such as public figures and journalists Facebook is now turning the feature out to everyone inside its flagship app. Started with a small test today, Facebook users enable to use a redesigned status menu to select “live video.”Product managers Vadim Lavrusik and Thai Tran described how the feature works in a Newsroom post, then claimed that live videos will appear directly in News Feed, and that users can click on a subscribe button to be notified the next time the creator of a live video uses the feature.
With Live Video feature, Facebook has offered easier ways for your friends to annoy you on new feeds
Over time, the company’s ambition is to bring it to all users. According to reports, the streams display the number of live viewers, the names of friends who are watching, and real-time comments as they’re written. Different from the others live-streaming pioneers, Facebook’s videos are saved to user’s timeline and stay there unless they choose to delete them.
With Thursday’s announcements of Live Video streaming and the introduction of Collages of photos and videos, Facebook continues to become more and more visual.
Facebook’s three big new features for its mobile app including live streaming, photo and video montages called Collages, and a new dropdown menu for updating your status. In simple words, Collage is a tool which makes it easier to make small albums of photos to share with your friends. The features now are available to be restricted to iPhone users in the U.S, but will eventually come to Android users as well. Facebook also appears to be testing a new concert ticket purchasing feature in San Francisco, but that isn’t widely available yet.
When tapping on ‘Photo’ at the top of your news feed, you’ll see recent pictures from your camera organized into collages, depending on when and where you took them.
Facebook’s videos are saved to user’s timeline and stay there unless they choose to delete them
So if you visited a museum, went to a festival or just hung out with friends, Facebook will automatically distill the photos you took into a small collection, allowing you to rearrange and rename the pictures as you see fit.
The other is Live Video, which unsurprisingly lets users stream Live Video from their phones to Facebook, where their friends will be able to watch it in their newsfeeds.
Facebook users can experience College on iPhone starting from 3 December, and it will arrive on Android early next year. There’s no confirm date yet on when Live Video will be released to everyone, or even if it will at all – Facebook likes to test experimental new features and stop them if they’re not successful, so there’s a chance Live Video won’t ever make it to the mass market.
However, since Facebook’s ultimate ambition is dominating your entire online life, it probably will – apps like Periscope and Meerkat are currently the go-to video streaming apps, and Facebook will want to get some of their success.
Facebook’s also in the process of testing a new status update menu for some users on iPhone and Android, with a drop-down menu that lists all the different post options.
Nevertheless, the Live Video feature is the biggest announcement recently- now all we have to do is waiting to see user’s reflection to it.