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Facebook adds Live Video sharing to take on Twitter’s Periscope

by Jacob Kleinman | December 3, 2015December 3, 2015 6:00 pm PDT

Facebook is finally ready to bring live streaming to the masses. The company officially announced Live Video sharing on Thursday after testing out the feature this summer through its celebrities-only Mentions app.

Sharing a live stream on Facebook seems pretty simple. Just hit the button to start a status update and the tap the Live Video icon, which looks like a person with two circles around them. Then you can type a quick description and pick who you want to share with before launching the stream.

While you’re live, you’ll be able to see how many people are watching and the names of any friends who tuned it. Viewers can add comments—just like on Periscope or Meerkat—and you can tap the thumbs up button next to each comment to Like it. The video will be saved to your Timeline when you’re done streaming, though you can always choose to delete it. If you want to receive a notification whenever a specific person starts streaming, you can subscribe specifically to their Live Video posts. Live Videos should start showing up in your News Feed just as soon as Facebook rolls out the feature.

Facebook also took the opportunity to announce Collage, a new feature that combines photos and videos into a single album. The social network will create these collages automatically with photos and videos from your camera roll, and you can edit them before sharing anything online. The new feature is hitting iPhones now and rolling out to Android in early 2016.


Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...