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Live Stream Yourself on Facebook
By: Jessica Cherok
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Facebook is going after Periscope and Meerkat with its own live-streaming feature. Starting last week, Facebook rolled out live-streaming capabilities to its U.S. iPhone users.

Live streaming has been available to Facebook's more famous users for a while now, but is being made available to its broader user base in increments. Now, when iPhone users log into Facebook, they are given the option to share a live video as part of their status update.

According to Facebook's blog post announcing the feature:

"To share live video, tap on Update Status and then select the Live Video icon. You can write a quick description and choose the audience that you want to share with before going live. During your broadcast, you’ll see the number of live viewers, the names of friends who are tuning in, and a real-time stream of comments. When you end your broadcast, it will be saved on your Timeline like any other video, which you can then delete or keep for your friends to watch later"

Users are also able to create collages from photos in their camera roll. "You can edit your collage by adding, removing or re-arranging the photos and videos that you want to include. When you’re done, you can add a title to the collage before sharing."

Android users can expect the live streaming feature to be available to them early 2016.

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Jessica Cherok is an advocate for online privacy, campaigning for ethical data practices and the protection of personal privacy.
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