You may need to buy tickets for that upcoming Facebook Live concert. Facebook plans to add a ton of new streaming features to its Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram platforms, including the ability to charge viewers for livestream access or set up charity donation buttons. should help people stay in touch while socially distancing themselves, but they can also help creatives and professionals generate much needed income. Let's take a look at the weeds.
New Facebook Video Features
Facebook's streaming and video chat tools will change dramatically in the coming weeks. The most noticeable changes will take place in live events. As we mentioned earlier, Facebook wants to give streamers the option to sell live stream tickets which could encourage musicians, coaches, chefs and other professionals to send their creative energy to Instagram Live.
Creatives will have the option to mark their Facebook events as online only and broadcast directly to people participating in the event. Facebook also wants to give streamers the ability to create donation buttons for charities and host two-person live streams through the tool Live With .
Of course, professional musicians and fitness coaches aren't the only ones who will benefit from Facebook. The company has just released its Facebook Gaming app, which allows gamers to stream PC, console or Android games to Facebook Live. The app will eventually support Live Tournaments and could compete with Twitch.
In addition to these great new live streaming features, Facebook plans to intuitively add video chat to its Messenger and Dating tools. Messenger Rooms that were a long time ago will allow you to start group chats from Facebook Messenger or Facebook Groups on mobile, desktop and Portal devices. And if you use Facebook Dating, you eventually see the option to continue with Virtual Dates with the people you meet.
New Instagram video features
Last month, Facebook added a co-watching feature to its Instagram group chats and its Instagram Live platform extended to the browser-based Instagram web app.
Now Facebook plans to make a small but very useful change to Instagram Live. In the past, Instagram Live streams existed as an Instagram story for up to 24 hours. However, streamers will eventually have the option to upload completed live streams to IGTV where they can be watched at any time.
New WhatsApp Features
WhatsApp, like other chat tools, has grown in popularity in recent months. But it has not received many updates. The most notable change in WhatsApp came last month, when Facebook forwarded WhatsApp messages to fight COVID-19 conspiracies and disinformation.
In the coming weeks, Facebook plans to add video and voice chat for 8 people to WhatsApp . That's double the number of people WhatsApp allows for live chats today and an incredibly useful update for families using WhatsApp to communicate internationally.