Facebook is adding a slew of new features to Facebook Live, in an attempt to draw more creators to its livestreaming platform and to better the experience for current creators and audiences.
The new features were revealed at VidCon, a convention for video makers, artists and social stars taking place in Anaheim, Calif. The first big update will allow two people to broadcast on Facebook Live from separate locations. Think of it like a news broadcast, when the anchors bring someone in to talk over satellite. Two users being able to stream together will allow for talk show formats with hosts and guests, even if they aren't in the same physical location.
Another update will address one of the most difficult issues for streamers: deciding when to start the meat of the broadcast. It's not uncommon for streamers to dally along for a bit waiting for the crowd to build up, but that can lead to existing users getting bored and leaving. Facebook will be introducing waiting rooms so that users can hang out and chat while they wait for a broadcaster's pre-scheduled stream time to start. With audiences notified in advance, broadcasters will have viewers waiting for them when they begin.
Finally, Facebook will be taking advantage of MSQRD, an app that lets its users wear virtual masks. Through the app, its users will be able to turn themselves into The Joker, Iron Man and a whole bunch of other funny personas. If nothing else, this will provide some conversation fodder or a few cheap laughs.
These updates should begin rolling out later this year, with verified users getting first dibs.