Facebook on Wednesday ran its first public beta test of the Hotline – an online Q&A platform that seems like it was dreamed of as the platform’s answer the present voice chat app mani.
More specific, Hotline is designed to act as a kind of love child between Instagram Live and Clubhouse, TechCrunch reports: The creators will address an audience of users, who will then be able to answer by asking questions with either text or sound. Unlike the clubhouse – which is strictly a audio platform – Hotline users will have the ability to turn on their cameras below events, and adds a visual element to an otherwise voice-dominated experience.
The hotline is currently being developed by Facebook’s NPE Team, which handles experimental app development in the company, and is led of Eric Hazzard, who created positivity-focused Q&A app tbh at Facebook acquired before turning the Hotline.
ONE public livestream of the app’s functionality on Wednesday was led by real estate investor Nick Huber, who talked about industrial property as another source of income – which should give you a pretty good idea of exactly what type “the creators” The hotline will try to get online when it is live. Close observers of the creek will has noticed that Hotline’s interface is similar to the clubhouse, in that the speaker icon located at the top or steps above an “audience”, populated by listeners whose profiles are displayed during livestream (on the desktop version, the audience is on the page).
Where the app differs from the clubhouse is the functionality for “audience” members, who will see the questions they ask appear in a list at the top of the stream that other users can choose to vote up or down. The creator will also have the opportunity to attract listeners to “deere ” area to join them back and forth, which will be somewhat closer to Zoom in nature than its sound fathers.
In a statement on Wednesday, Facebook declined to offer specific details about the launch date of the Hotline, but said developers have been encouraged to see how new multimedia features and formats “continue to help people connect and build communities.”
“With Hotline, we hope to understand how interactive, vibrant multimedia questions and answers can help people learn from experts in areas such as professional skills, just as it helps experts build their businesses,” a Facebook in spokesperson.