Facebook is planning to let people invite their friends to join a Live broadcast with their own stream, and thus share the screen, reports The Next Web. Facebook had first announced this feature at VidCon in June and has started testing it out with select public figures, who have verified pages and are using the Facebook Mentions app on iOS.
Facebook itself has confirmed it is looking at screen-sharing on Live video broadcasts. According to the report, Facebook plans to roll this out by September to regular users in the US, and later on to the rest of the world. A Live broadcast which can be shared will ensure two people don’t have to be in one room to do a Live video. Instead a friend can join in from another place, and do the video with the original broadcaster.
Facebook is putting a lot of emphasis on Live video and views it as the next big platform to boost social engagement on the site. We reported this week, Facebook Live is now starting to rollout for Android and iOS users in India. Earlier only a select few iOS users had the feature of going live on their smartphones.
The ‘Live Video’ option can be seen when a user is about to update their status. Go Live will let users share their video with the world as they record it; users can give it a headline, excerpt to explain what the Live video is all about. Facebook users can also go live via face-swapping MSQRD app, which allows them to use different Snapchat-like filters during live video. Facebook recently MSQRD app.
The limit for live videos on Facebook is up to four hours and users can broadcast in fullscreen and video-only mode. Once the live-stream ends, the video is updated on the social media site for all to see. Live videos are public by nature.
Facebook has stressed Live video is the way forward for creating new content on the social media website. The social network’s Live feature has easily over-shadowed Twitter’s Periscope when it comes to usage, and popularity thanks to Facebook’s huge user base.