A year ago Facebook announced the Live Audio Rooms feature on its platform. This feature is similar to Clubhouse and was earlier available for iOS users only. Now the feature is being rolled out globally for public figures and creators as well as groups.
The Social media platform took to Twitter to announce the introduction of Facebook Live Audio Rooms features. The tweet reads, “Live Audio Rooms available to public figures and creators globally: From today, all verified public figures and creators will have the ability to host Live Audio Rooms. We’ve seen it become a great tool for lightweight connection and conversion among various types of communities.”
To recall, the Clubhouse-like audio chat service that is Facebook Live Audio was launched for iOS last year in the USA. But now Facebook has expanded the ability for more public figures and Groups to host a Live Audio Room globally. This feature allows users to discover, listen in on and join live conversations with public figures, experts and others about topics they’re interested in.
Admins can control whether moderators, group members or other admins can create a Live Audio Room in Groups. Members and visitors can both listen to the Live Audio Room in public groups, but only members can listen in private groups.
According to the company, people on iOS and Android can discover Live Audio Rooms to join from places like News Feed and via notifications. They can also sign up to be reminded when a Live Audio Room you’re interested in goes live. While they are listening to a conversation they can be notified when friends or followers join, too. In addition to this one can also enable live captions, “raise a hand” to request to join the conversation, and use reactions to participate in real-time.
Besides this, the listeners can support and show appreciation to the public figure host by sending Stars, which bumps those listeners up to the “front row.” The “front row” is a special section that highlights people who sent Stars, so hosts can recognise supporters (and maybe even give them a shout out during the conversation!). The Stars packs can be purchased during the conversation and send them anytime.
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