Facebook Tested Hotline Apps, Allows People to Use Video as Well as Audio

Social Platform Facebook has started testing of a new application called Hotline. The Company attempt to keep up with the live audio trend made popular by the likes of Clubhouse.

The Product has also includes a voice, text and video component options for participating in online discussions with hosts. The product has been rolled out for beta testing.

The Apps allos users can ask questions in writing, which is not possible on Clubhouse. Speakers, meanwhile, can choose who to invite “on stage” to speak.

“With Hotline, we’re hoping to understand how interactive, live multimedia Q&As can help people learn from experts in areas like professional skills, just as it helps those experts build their businesses,” a Facebook spokeswoman told AFP.

Hotline separates listeners into those that are asking questions and those who are just watching the session.

“Hotline hosted its first Q&A livestream with real-estate investor Nick Huber on Wednesday, where he spoke about finance skills in the real estate industry, TechCrunch reported.

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The Hotline apps will have more engagement features than Clubhouse. It helps in directing the flow of the discussion, while having the option both join the conversation as a guest in order to ask a question, or post text-based queries while tuning in, further opens the format up for more engagement from users who may not want to participate with their voice.

“After the event, the host will receive two recordings of the session - one as an mp3 and another as an mp4. The creator can then upload these to other networks, like YouTube or Facebook, edit them into short-form content for apps like TikTok or turn the audio recording into a podcast, or anything else,” the TechCrunch reported.

The addition of optional video for speakers has also been considered by Twitter.

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