Facebook Messenger takes on Snapchat by offering Instant Videos

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Now courtesy of Facebook Messenger you will be able to stream live videos. This new feature introduced by Facebook Messenger will be similar to the now popular live Instant Videos offered by the rival application Snapchat. According to a Facebook blog post, the Instant Videos will let people broadcast real-time video in the Facebook Messenger text exchanges. This comes after Facebook said the number of users of its Messenger application had topped one billion as of July this year.

The following is what Facebook had to say of the Instant Video feature;

“It’s perfect for sharing quick moments with friends who aren’t right by your side or making your conversations richer by seeing each other face-to-face when you are messaging.”

Facebook went ahead to add;

“Instant Video is a reflection of the ubiquity of video – we simply expect to have that ability in real-time, all the time.”

To get to use this new feature you will have to download the latest Messenger app update version. For the time been the feature is only available on the Messenger apps on both Apple and Android mobile devices. The Windows Phone users will just have to wait, as usual, and see if the feature will ultimately be rolled over to the platform.

How to begin sharing an Instant Video

Facebook has made the process of sharing the real-time video on the Messenger app quite easy. While both users are viewing an open Messenger conversation, tap on the video icon in the top right corner to start sharing real-time video. Sound is turned off by default but you can go ahead and turn it on. Your video will float over the active text conversation that you can continue while viewing the video. Your friend can watch your video stream and share a video back if they decide.

Go ahead and give it a try.

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A Math Nerd and a Computer Geek. Currently a Windows 10 Insider. Interested in AI, big data and AR/VR. Takes a keen interest in developments in the tech, business and social media spheres.


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