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May 19, 2016

Facebook Debuts Real-Time Map for Live Video

Facebook is beefing up its Live Videos platform with an interactive map that enables you to see live video feeds of people across the globe.

Screen Shot 2016-05-19 at 9.43.45 AMThe real-time world map, which is available to desktop users, enables you to see who is streaming and where courtesy of little, clickable blue dots. Once you hover your mouse over a dot, a small card pops up with a small version of the live video, the person’s name, the number of viewers and how long he or she has been live. To view the video, you simply click on it.

Down the left-hand side of the screen is a list of the most popular videos currently being streamed.

The feature, which is rolling out slowly worldwide, is working in the U.S., Canada, the U.K. and a handful of other countries.

The new interactive map comes as part of Facebook Live.

Live video on Facebook permits you to interact with commenters and respond to their suggestions and questions. And, according to Facebook’s stats, people comment 10 times more on Facebook Live videos than on regular videos.

During a live broadcast, you can see the names of friends tuning in and a real-time stream of comments. At the end of the broadcast, it will be saved to your Timeline. You can then chose to delete it immediately or keep it for friends to watch later.