‘Twas the day before Xmas…. It could almost be a xmas present for everyone in the UK as Facebook started to roll out its Live video streaming feature, a week after it was announced for US users and a few days after it made it available to verified pages.
Facebook Live has been the talk of the town for a few months already but it was previously only available to verified users with the Facebook Mention app.
The test was successful and Facebook decided to roll it out to everyone, starting with selected users in the US first. Then came verified pages (although admin can only access Live video through the Blue app, not the dedicated Pages app). Today, users in the UK – and some in France – have gained access to the feature.
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To start a Live video, tap on the “publish” icon in the Facebook app, and you should see a new icon in the toolbar, just above the keyboard. Tap on this to “record and share live video”:
Facebook Live is a definite competitor to Twitter‘s Periscope, and my guess is that it will soon take over as the main live streaming mobile app, essentially thanks to the 1 billion Facebook user base.
Have you got Live where you are?