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What is Facebook Live Video and How Can We Use It?

How can you use FB live?

Facebook Live Video allows you to stream video live on your Facebook account and alerts you when someone you follow is broadcasting.

Live Video could be used to communicate with customers, staff, students or any group covering training, announcements or webinars as well as press conferences and product launches. Facebook Live is a great show-and-tell tool. Recently a music store in Rivonia used Facebook Live to show their latest stock offerings. CNN have been using it for live broadcasts.

How to use it:

Live Video in Facebook, like Periscope, will show the most popular public videos currently streaming, plus streams from friends and people you follow. For now, you can go to https://www.facebook.com/livemap/ to see current public live broadcasts.

In Facebook’s iPhone and Android apps, the live-broadcast button―a silhouette with two rings―is a status-update option. Before you go live, it’s important to choose whom you’re allowing to tune in.

Facebook says it often educates users about privacy settings, and by default, users between the age of 13 and 17 can only share with friends. They’ll need to go into settings to enable posting to a public audience.

Once you’re on air, it can take a few minutes for your audience to arrive. Wait for them: Their live comments and questions will make the experience different from a regular recorded video. Have a conversation and answer viewer questions.

On Facebook, those who don’t see the live broadcast can watch later. Facebook is working to include earlier comments into the playback, so it will be more obvious that the video already happened. On Periscope, playback expires after 24 hours. The company is working to give videos longer shelf lives.

We see Facebook Live becoming the primary live streaming app and being the most utilised of all available tools.