Back in 2014, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said that Facebook would be ‘mostly video’ within five years. Zuckerberg has described video as a ‘mega trend’, of the same magnitude as mobile, which is why they’ve made video a key focus moving forward – and why we can expect to see more video-aligned products and options added to Facebook’s repertoire as the platform advances.
On this, The Verge has reported that one of Facebook’s latest video updates will likely be the addition of a new group video chat app to compete with rising app Houseparty, while they’re also adding a new TV show which will follow the controversial family of new LA Laker Lonzo Ball.
Facebook has rolled out video calling on its Messenger app to more countries around the world, following the introduction of the feature in 18 countries last month.
“We’re happy to share we’ve now rolled out the capability globally, with the exception of a few countries we’re still working on improving quality for,” David Marcus, vice president of messaging products, announced in a Facebook post today. “So make sure you get the latest and greatest version for iOS and Android, give it a try, and as always… tell us how we can make it even better for you!”
Facebook is testing out new video options on its social network aimed at helping you better “discover, watch, and share videos” that you might find interesting. Included in the updates are the general availability of suggested videos within Facebook’s iOS app and an experiment to gauge user response to a dedicated place just for videos.
Before Periscope and Meerkat jumpstarted the mobile live-streaming craze, Facebook was already quietly working on its own way to let public figures broadcast live videos to their fans. Today, Facebook is launching “Live” as a feature in its Mentions app that’s only available to celebrities with a verified Page.
Facebook has announced a new push to crack down on Facebook Live videos that aren’t exactly live. Well, not in the ‘real-time action’ type sense, anyway.
What we’re talking about is shown below. This doesn’t seem like it’s exactly what ‘live’ is supposed to be about, and Facebook agrees – as per TechCrunch, The Social Network is adding a section to its Facebook Live usage policy which reads:
2015 is undoubtedly the year of social video. So much so that the world’s largest social network has already made significant strides developing its strategy, more than tripling the amount of year over year video content in News Feeds worldwide. Here’s where advertisers may be missing out.