One of the reasons Facebook is so successful is that it has managed to continually scan the tech-space for cool features it doesn't have and work quickly to deploy them from video chat, using hash tags to stickers. These are just a few examples of updates to Facebook and now live streaming is about to join the list making the social media giant a competitor to Twitter's Periscope and Meerkat which already support this feature...
Facebook starts rolling out live video streaming to everyone
In an attempt to take on Twitter's Periscope, Facebook is starting to give all of its users the ability to broadcast live video to their friends and followers.
This comes after the social network started to bring live streaming to select celebrities this summer.
On Dec 3, Facebook turned on live video streaming for a small subset of its US-based users on iPhones, bringing a live video broadcast button to their status update form. Live video streams automatically appear in their friends' Facebook news feeds, and broadcasts that have concluded are saved in the timeline like any other video.
Facebook announced the new feature with a blog post, including a description that sounded eerily familiar to anyone following the social live streaming boom of late: "During your broadcast, you'll see the number of live viewers, the names of friends who are tuning in, and a real-time stream of comments."
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