Facebook is getting VERY serious about live video.
The social network first started rolling out its live video streaming feature globally in February, enabling users to « share your experiences and perspectives in real time, with the people who matter to you ».
Since then, the company has made a number of significant changes to its apps to make the feature more prominent – including a limited rollout of an overhauled Android app, which puts video front and centre.
Now Facebook has gone a step further and added a « Live Video » tab in the left hand bar on the desktop version of its site.
Clicking on the tab takes you through to a world map covered in blue dots, and clicking on any of the dots allows you to watch a live video being filmed at that place in the world right at that moment.
The map can also be viewed by going to www.facebook.com/livemap/ in a browser.
A quick perusal of the feature by Mirror Online revealed a woman in Italy lying on a bed and talking seductively to the camera while flashing her bra, a man in Spain getting the back of his head tattooed, and a young girl in Britain doing an aerobics class.
The feature literally lets you see anyone, anywhere, doing anything – as long as they choose to share their live streams publicly.
Facebook’s chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg , believes that this is the next big shift in how we communicate.
« Live is like having a TV camera in your pocket. Anyone with a phone now has the power to broadcast to anyone in the world, » he said on at the time of launch.
However, the live streaming feature has already been used for a number of questionable purposes – from the ‘killer’ lecturer who filmed his own suicide to the teens who broadcast themselves performing sex acts on one another.
One father-to-be even streamed the birth of his child on Facebook Live without realising the video was accessible to the public.
If you want to know how to use Facebook Live appropriately, you can read our guide to the service here .