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Facing heat from huge popularity of Twitter’s Periscope and Facebook Live, YouTube is throwing its hat into the ring. Better late than never, the company just announced that it is soon going to allow users to broadcast live video from their mobile devices with the touch of a button.
YouTube Live Streaming
Faster & Reliable
YouTube’s mobile streaming interface looks similar to Periscope’s, with viewer comments scrolling up the screen over the broadcast, but YouTube says its existing infrastructure gives it an advantage over competitors, with streamers and their viewers able to search live broadcasts just as they can search recorded videos.
Mobile live streaming, baked right into the core
Simplicity is the name of the game when going live with video streaming, and YouTube is taking it very seriously making things quite minimal. According to YouTube Creator Blog “YouTube mobile live streaming will be baked right into the core YouTube mobile app. You won’t need to open anything else, just hit the big red capture button right there in the corner, take or select a photo to use as a thumbnail, and you can broadcast live to your fans and chat in near real time.”
The app lets you decide whether or not you want a chat feature to be enabled, and you can also elect to notify your subscribers when you go live. YouTube has promised to bring it to general users “soon.” Meanwhile, only a handful of big-name channels will be able to broadcast live from their YouTube apps, including political news show The Young Turks and vlogger Alex Wassabi.
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Instagram, an image sharing platform, acquired by Facebook last year, is looking for way to expand its appeal to its 200 million (and growing) community of users. First it was short-form video like vine. Now it has a whole new feature up its sleeve.
According to an anonymous source reported by GigaOm, Instagram is preparing to launch a private messaging feature for its users. According to the reports the new feature will be live before the end of this year. It would make perfect sense for Instagram to keep its userbase engaged and to attract growing community of visual sharing users.
According to another report from TechCrunch several users have been given personal Instagram.com email addresses.
Its not clear how the personal email addresses would work for Instagram users. But such a change would fall right in line with the company’s strategy to tighten its grip on existing users by offering features that keep them linked to the service wherever they go.
But take all these rumors with grain of salt as nothing is official yet.
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Facebook is loosing its grip on the hearts & minds of youngsters. During company’s earnings call Facebook officials admitted that they are losing daily traffic.
“We did see a decrease in daily users, specifically among younger teens,” Facebook CFO David Ebersman said. He added that overall usage by teenagers remained stable in the quarter, although he didn’t specify how Facebook measured that.
Facebook may be feeling the burn of alternative social sites. But there is a hope, Ebersman said:
“We remain close to fully penetrated among teens in the U.S.”
Facebook might be slackening but its Instagram Unit is attracting lots of youngsters. With over 150 Million Monthly active users the Instagram has grown by 50% in past seven months.
Facebook’s stock fell during after-hours trading after news of the teen data broke.
Facebook is testing a new redesigned Messenger app for Android users. The new Facebook Messenger is a dramatic renovation over previous versions and it will bring enhancements in speed. At present, the app is available to a limited set of users on Android.
New Messenger will sport a completely revamped UI. Contacts that use messenger will be denoted by blue bolt badge. This way people will be able to know if the other contact is using messenger or not.
New Messenger will also let people Facebook message their address book contacts who they have not even added as friend on the social network. The update means that you can send a message to a person who is also on Facebook but is not necessarily added as your friend.
The company said it will make Messenger available to all members on Android and iPhone in the coming weeks. If all of those sound like welcome improvements, you’ll have to wait a little before it comes out of beta.
The error message on website
If you’re unable to like, post or comment on Facebook this Monday morning, you aren’t alone. Many Facebook users are reporting on Twitter that Facebook is down for them.
The problem is that Facebook is Up and reachable according to Is it down? but when people are logged in, they can’t like any photos, post any status or do many of the other million things people do on this social network. Instead, they get the error message.
Error message on android
The same problem is also confirmed on iOS & Android apps. So far, there is no word from Facebook but we’ll keep you posted.
UPDATE : Facebook says its back to normal