Facebook Live Video Gets New Broadcasting And Discovery Features, Now Open To Everyone

Announced by Facebook today about its Live video streaming service initially made available to everyone, with a raft of new features that allows people to stream live video to friends, family or just about anyone via their Facebook accounts and smartphones. More information can be found right after this jump!

The first and most important features perhaps, is Live for Groups and Events. As the name suggest, Live for Groups is a way for people to interact with, share live streaming video with all that is part of a specific group, while the Events variant is another new feature specifically tailored for sharing things like birthday parties, graduations and such.

“We hope this new ability to both broadcast and watch live video within Groups and Events enables people to connect more deeply with their closest friends, family and the communities of people who share their interests,” Facebook’s Simo said in the announcement blog post.


Next to speak about are Live Reactions, Replay Comments, Live Filters, each and every make interaction during live videos easier and more engaging. Similar to Reactions, which recently launched within the Facebook News Feed, Facebook Live Reactions allow viewers to select how the video makes them feel, with the Reactions animating over the video in real-time display.

Those reactions however to some extent be the new Live Filters that Facebook has also added, allowing those filming to add filters to content, further personalizing what they are actually sharing with their audiance.

Facebook Live Reactions

Here were Facebook will now also replay comments on videos that can be watched after they were recorded, maening those watching later offline will feel just as if they were there live.

Facebook Live Filters and creative tools iOS

Users of Facebook can now also invite friends to live streams, while those video’s location will also be shown in a live map to those who want to know exactly where this video is being filmed or just want a clarification on way to browse videos being broadcast from regions around the planet.

Facebook Live Map

Now open to everyone, though in a physical fashion, Facebook Live still in the process of being rolled out to all Facebook accounts all over the world. Keep an eye out for the Go Live button in the official Facebook app!

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