You may recall back in August that Facebook launched the two person live stream for verified pages – however I have not seen any other examples of this being in practice until today.
You can see what the original example was here in this YouTube video and I also covered the update in the Live Stream Insiders show on 28 August. This feature was only available to verified pages and people brought on screen also had to be verified.
However today I watched a video from Justin Brown of Primal Video who showcased the feature and he was not using a verfied page. The screen shots are from that video as I can not take my own screen shots with the feautre not being available for me to test out.Two person Facebook Live streams for everyone seem to be rolling out on iOSClick To Tweet
I tested this today but could not invite anyone in – however I am guessing there are lots of changes going on with Facebook Live as after the test I got access to landscape and portrait live streams on Facebook and until today all my live streams with the native Facebook app have been portrait or landscape.
Here is what you will need to do to use the new two person live stream feature on Facebook live profiles – why not test this out and let me know if you find it is accessible to you?
Firstly this feature was shown on profiles on iOS – it is unclear if this is available going forward on Pages.
To test if it is available to you you may want to create a private stream (that is how I tested and found it was not available for me at the time of writing the article).
Create a private stream by clicking the ‘More’ button and then inviting specific friends – you can type in their name to search for them.
Then you can invite someone who is in the Facebook live stream with you to join on camera by clicking their avatar and then clicking the link to invite them to broadcast with you.
The other person will get a notification to advise them they are invited into a broadcast.
You will be able to see the person on screen with you – just as with the original example back in August they appear in a small camera on the top right of the screen as if it were a Facetime video. This is somewhat disappointing that there is no side by side version as we are able to do with other Facebook Live third party tools – but it is good that the feature seems to be rolling out.
When you wish to remove the person from the screen on your broadcast you will be able to click the X on their image and they will then leave and will receive a message thanking them for being in the broadcast. They will then be able to return to watch the broadcast.
What do you think of this feature now it seems to be rolling out? Do you plan to use it for public live streams? I can certainly see the benefit using it for short conversations with family or friends but it would not be my preferred solution for business use with Facebook Live.
If you want to see an example of an interview being carried out with this new feature watch this interview on Facebook hosted by Spencer Parker in conversation with Brandon Farbstein here.
If you have questions about Facebook Live for your business you can schedule a confidential conversation with me here.