Facebook Live was introduced 2 years ago. Since then, there has been more than 3.5 billion broadcasts with hundreds of millions of people using the feature. These broadcasts were watched by nearly 2 billion people.
Are you one of the hundreds of millions that have been using Facebook Live? Wait… you aren’t? Well, we’ve got a few ways you can get started on Facebook Live.
1. Don’t do it alone
Going live on Facebook for everyone to see can be a little daunting. However, with Facebook’s Live With feature, you can invite a friend to tag along for the ride. In fact, why not make it a regular thing and hang out with friends across the globe on Facebook Live.
All you have to do is select a guest among your friends or touch a comment on your video from the person you want to join you. Once you do, you’ll be able to see your friend as a smaller image in portrait mode or beside you in landscape mode. You can even invite different friends to join you at different points of your live broadcast.
2. Be creative. Use filters. Doodle.
If looking like yourself is a tad bit boring for you, you can choose from a collection of filters, effects and fun masks. These effects, masks and filters add a touch of fun and creative flair. These masks use augmented reality to bring a whole new level of fun to your Facebook Live broadcast. If that isn’t enough, you can even doodle on your live videos.
To take advantage of these features, you just have click on the wand icon in the lower left corner of the screen. This will bring up a menu with all the filters, effects and masks. The pencil icon will allow you to doodle on your videos.
3. You can even do it from your computer
Mobile isn’t the only way to get on Facebook Live. If you want to use a more elaborate setup with more hardware and equipment, you most definitely can! Facebook Live is available on computers. All you have to do is click on the new post button of your feed and click on the “Live Video” option. After which, its as simple as adding a catchy description and choosing your audience.
4. Share with others… temporarily.
One of the newer features of Facebook is Facebook Stories. The feature allows you to store and share videos temporarily on your profile. You can even do this with your Facebook Live videos. If you do this, the video will only be available for 24 hours after the broadcast.
All you have to do is click the “Add Story” at the top of your News Feed then click the “live” option. Voila! You’re golden and ready to go.
5. Celebrate with friends!
Facebook Live isn’t just for broadcasts. You can share important events or create a special group for closed discussions. The videos you create in a group or event will be available to only the participants.
Also published on Medium.