Facebook is launching two entries into the social audio space with a live audio event streaming called Live Audio and also Podcasts.
Facebook’s Live Audio Rooms just made its debut in the US with features including unlimited listeners, integrated fundraiser support, and “Stars” to appreciate creators.
Facebook says it is allowing public figures with verified accounts to start to live audio rooms and invite anyone else to speak.
“Looking ahead, we are working with creators who will use our audio tools to further develop and launch Soundbites — short-form, creative audio clips.” said a blog post on Monday.
Live Audio Rooms
The host can invite speakers in advance or during the conversation. There can be up to 50 speakers, and there’s no limit to the number of listeners, Facebook said in a statement.
Group admins can control whether moderators, group members, or other admins can create a Live Audio Room.
In public Groups, both members and visitors can listen to the Live Audio Room, but in private Groups, only members can listen,” informed Fidji Simo, Head of Facebook App.
The company says users can also sign up to be reminded when a Live Audio Room you’re interested in goes live.
Podcasts Come to Facebook
Facebook also unveiled podcasts for Facebook, with a small group of podcasts launching now and more podcasts promised to arrive in the coming weeks.
The podcasts can be found on the Facebook pages of the podcasters and in the Facebook news feed.
“To start, the initial slate of podcasts will include Joe Budden of The Joe Budden Podcast; “Jess Hilarious” of Carefully Reckless from The Black Effect Podcast Network and iHeartRadio; Keltie Knight, Becca Tobin, and Jac Vanek of the LadyGang; and Nicaila Matthews Okome of Side Hustle Pro.” said in a blog post about Podcasts.
For starters, only public figures and some select Facebook groups on iOS will be able to create Live Audio Rooms, but users from both Android and iOS devices can join these rooms. This service of being able to create Live Audio Rooms is also restricted to the US for now.
Companies like Twitter and Discord have already launched their own live audio service.