The live video feature Facebook began testing with celebrities this summer is now available to a small portion of US-based iPhone users. According to the Facebook Newsroom, this new feature will allow users to share streaming videos they are seeing in real-time.
To share a live video, click “Update Status” and then look for the “Live Video” icon, next to the photo, tag, and emoticon options on your iPhone. The icon appears as a person with two rings around their head.
Facebook described the features abilities in a blog post by Vadim Lavrusik and Thai Tran.
“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. When you end your broadcast, it will be saved on your Timeline like any other video, which you can then delete or keep for your friends to watch later.”
The expansion of this feature may be in an effort to challenge sites like Periscope and Meercat.
Currently, I do not have this new feature on my iPhone. Do you? I’d love to hear your thoughts after trying it.