If you have been using Facebook Live for your live streams you will be interested in this newly released app that you can use to help you make it clear to your audience the topic of your live stream, easily keep track of the topics you are covering and make your live streams visually appealing.
I have been experimenting with a new free iOS app called Top 5 Live and it is certainly worth testing for your live streams on Facebook – note at the time of writing this article it is only available in the iOS store.
Let me share with you how the app works. One of the benefits of using Top5 Live app is that your topics are not reversed unlike when you show content on your Facebook Live stream with the front facing camera which always appears mirrored.
Once you have downloaded the app and give the app access to Facebook (as you do with other apps that need access to your Facebook account) it is really easy to get started.
You can select your these for your Facebook Live stream from the pre-loaded topics.
Once you choose a theme you will be given different suggestions for the live stream top five topics. In the example below you can see I selected the theme of pizza toppings, then chose the five different toppings I wanted to discuss in the live stream.
You also get the opportunity to re-order the topics. Then you are all set to start your live stream and talk through your top five topics.
Alternatively you can choose your own theme and type it into the app as I did in the example below.
Once you have added your title for your live stream you can then add and order your top five topics.
When you add your five topics, you will have the opportunity to search for an image to use – note at this time you are directed to a search within the app so there is no guarantee that you will find a relevant image for your topic or that the images that are visible for you to use and are not restricted in relation to copyright.
Once you are ready to go live on Facebook Live you will then be able to navigate through the five topics – this is a helpful feature for those people who find it easy to get distracted when hosting a live stream – the visual prompt will help keep you on track.
When you end your live stream you will get a prompt from the app to retain it on your time line on Facebook or delete it.
Privacy Of Your Live Stream – Determining Who Sees Your Live Stream On Facebook
You can set the privacy of your live stream using the Top5 Live app – note that you MUST do this when first setting up the live stream theme as you can not go back to review or change it later as the indication of the privacy of the live stream disappears from your screen.
I do hope this feature is updated in a future edition of the app as it is a good check to do before you click to go live on Facebook Live.
Some Limitations Of The Top5 Live App for Facebook Live Streams
I do think this is a fun app to use for your live streams. As I tested it over the last few days, I reached out to the developer to ask about forthcoming features that I thought would be helpful to have based on my experience of live streaming and using Facebook Live. Below you will see his feedback to me.
Krishna De: I see Top5 Live is only available for iOS at the moment – are you planning an Android app?
Top5 Live: We are also planning an Android version of the app
Krishna De: Will you bringing out the app for Pages, Groups and events not just profiles?
Top5 Live: We hope to be compatible with pages very soon.
Krishna De: I am assuming this app has approval from Facebook and that there is no risk to peoples accounts?
Top5 Live: Yes the app is approved by Facebook.
Krishna De: Will you be enabling people to upload their own images rather than going to a search on what I am guessing is Google as sometimes images are not there plus there could be copyright issues using images from Google?
Top5 Live: Uploading images from the Camera Roll is on our list of features we’d like to add soon.
Krishna De: Will you be enabling the ability to download the video to your camera roll as you can do with Facebook Live with profiles currently?
Top5 Live: There is no immediate plan for download to camera roll just yet.
Krishna De: Will you be enabling the ability to switch the camera from front to back facing?
Top5 Live: For now we are not planning on including an option to switch the camera.
One issue I did not raise was the ability to save your Top5 Live topics in the app should your live stream stop so you could quickly get up running, or if you want to share the same both privately when testing and then to a public audience on Facebook Live. That would be a helpful feature based on my experience with the app.
Two Other Key Considerations In Relation To Using The Top5 Live App For Facebook Live
As the app currently works with your Facebook personal profile, do take note of the data requirements that you will need of you are not on a wifi connection or are not on an unlimited data plan – you can find the details here of some recent research I did comparing Facebook Live data requirements for live streaming on a Profile and a Page and using Periscope.
The way the Top5 Live app is built means that you can not see comments from people viewing your live stream – therefore you will need to watch comments and questions from viewers on a separate device or your desktop to ensure that you engage with your audience.
And I should also note you have to add five topics before you go live – that is why it is called Top5 Live! You could of course just show two, three, or four of your items live in the show – you do not need to bring all five onto the screen.
How Could You Use The Top5 Live App
The app provides lots of opportunities for how you might use it. Do ensure that you comply with Facebook Terms when live streaming to your Personal Profile.
When the app is available for businesses pages you could ask your viewers for feedback on what the next prizes might be your social media competitions. You could invite feedback on new potential features for your products or service offerings. You could get feedback about the kind of content that your audience would like to see on your page. You could host a weekly news show (as I do) with the top 5 things your audience would find of value hearing about. The opportunities are endless.
How might you use the app for a top 5 show?
Five Tips For Your First Top5 Live Facebook Live Stream
If you are considering using the Top5 Live app here are five tips to get you started:
- Decide on a relevant theme for your live stream
- Create a compelling title that will encourage people to join you when live which you add into the app
- Determine what your call to action will be for your live stream – what do you want people to do once they joined you on your Facebook Live?
- Check your privacy setting before you ‘go live’ – you can also use the private option as a way to test out the app and check your audio and lighting
- Promote the live stream in advance across your social networks.
There are many more tips we could cover, but I hope this will be sufficient to get you started.
Additional Resources To Help You Get Started Using Facebook Live
You can read my previous articles on using Facebook Live here
You can watch the replay of my weekly live show where we cover case studies and tips relating to using Facebook Live and other live video platforms
You can schedule a conversation with me here to ask me your questions about integrating live streaming and social video into your communications.