Testing for live video streaming on Facebook might have just begun a month ago, however it is currently available for all iPhone users in the U.S. Luckily, those in the other parts of the world won’t have to wait long, as Facebook has committed on enabling the feature globally throughout the following weeks. Android users will have to wait only a while longer, as Facebook hasn’t offered an exact time but said that live video should arrive “soon”.

Unlike its established competitor Periscope, live videos on Facebook are stored forever unless the streamer chooses to remove the video. In contrast, Periscope just allows video playback for 24 hours after the stream has completed, at which point it it vanishes.

To share video, users just need to update their status and touch the ‘Live Video’ icon. They can be shared with just selected friends or to the public. When streaming begins, a live feed of comments, who is viewing, and the number of viewers will be displayed alongside by the video. Finally, after the live video stream has finished up, it will be saved to the users Timeline similarly as whatever other video.

Facebook users can subscribe to their friends, public figures, and verified pages, and can be notified whenever a live stream occurs. The extension of live streaming arrives days after Facebook reported it is presenting its extended “Like” button choices, or ‘Reactions’, to the U.S. inside of a couple of weeks. Reactions includes five extra instant response alternatives to the current “Like” button.


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