Facebook now allows users to invite a friend to Live videos; rolls out private chatting for broadcasts
Facebook has introduced two new features to Facebook Live. Users can now invite one of the viewers to join in their live streams. This allows two users to go live at once, even though they might not be in the same location. The invited user can choose to ignore the invitation. The feature is available in both landscape mode and portrait mode. In the portrait mode, the video is shown in a picture in picture mode. For the landscape mode, two video streams are displayed side by side. The functionality is similar to inviting guests on a talk show, and stands to benefit both streamers and viewers.
Facebook first announced that going Live with remote participation by guests is going to be available at VidCon, in June 2016. The feature was rolled out to public figures with verified accounts in the US, in August 2016. The feature is now more broadly available, but only for iOS users as of now. In March 2017, Facebook started allowing desktop users to go live with their webcams, as well as stream live gaming content.Read more ↓
While Facebook Live currently allows for comments, there is no way for groups of interested viewers to chit chat among themselves. Now, Facebook has rolled out a private chat group functionality so that users can have a private conversation during a live stream. Users can initiate a chat with friends already watching the stream, or invite other users to begin watching. The conversation can continue on Facebook Messenger even after the livestream is over, and users have the option to jump back into the public comments section at any point of time. The feature is currently being tested on mobile in select markets, and will be rolled out more broadly in the next few months.
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