The latest Facebook camera features give users the power to create GIFs, broadcast live-streaming Stories, and even add text…
Users aren’t adopting Facebook Live nearly as much as Instagram Stories or even the similar WhatsApp feature. So, Facebook is now adding a live-streaming option within the Facebook Camera.
New Facebook Camera Features include Live-Stream Stories, GIF Creation, other Visual Effects
Matt Navarra of The Next Web first reported on the option and the social network confirmed adding the feature to its native app camera.
Facebook is rolling out LIVE Stories
— Matt Navarra ⭐️ (@MattNavarra) July 27, 2017
The live-stream tool resides inside the Facebook Camera along the top bar of the screen to the left, followed by “Normal,” “GIF,” and “Text.”
The live-stream feature might increase user engagement as going live within Facebook Camera not only adds a Stories bubble, it also appears within friends’ News Feeds, making it more conspicuous. Combined with Facebook Live desktop, which was first spotted in July, could boost usership. (Note the double appearance in the forms of a Stories bubble and at the top of the News Feed in the image on the right.)
Facebook additionally confirmed it’s adding GIF creation support to its camera. The GIFs are two-seconds in length and users can share them in Stories or within a regular post on Facebook. The social network first added GIF support to the comments section back in June.
Lastly, the Facebook Camera also includes a text option (which is actually the full-size text which appears on posts under 35 characters in length).
These new Facebook Camera features are just rolling out, so not all users will see them at this time.
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