LOS ANGELES – Facebook is throwing a video party. Starting today. For all.
The social network launches a new way to get groups of people that can be scattered around the world, watch videos in real-time, and comment on them. Unlike many Facebook launches, this will be available to all members today, as long as they are part of a group. It will roll out to other parts of Facebook within a few weeks, "said the company.
Facebook began testing the feature with selected members in January.
Viewing video together is something "people do in reality," says Fidji Simo, Facebook's vice president of the product. "They look together. We see this as another way of connecting people."
All kinds of videos on Facebook can be seen ̵
How It Works: A member of a group can search for a video on Facebook, invite others to join the show party and a chat window around the video will appear. Group members can discuss the video as it plays, via text.
Facebook has many social networking groups dedicated to many different topics, from travel and moring, to computers, video games and TV fandom.
In the tests, Facebook users found Q & As warning about hobbies like cooking and crafts, refurbishment and make-up training.
Simo says the common aspect of viewing makes Facebook users more engaged, nothing like a group of less than 10 people hosted a Watch Party that drew in more than 500 comments.
Facebook notes that potential club parties can watch one loved their upgrade video with family members outside the city or share a holiday video.
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