Facebook launches Live Audio Rooms and Podcasts!

Hoy Facebook ad the launch of Live Audio Rooms and Podcasts as part of its plans to offer social audio experiences for users of its social network.

In this first stage, only some public figures and some Facebook groups here in the United States will be able to create live audio rooms on iOS and the selected podcasts will be available to users in the United States as well.

Now, Facebook He promised that in the coming weeks they will activate the service for more public figures and groups, and in the coming months they will introduce more functions for both experiences.

Live Audio Rooms

Like the Clubhouse app, Live Audio Rooms allow you to discover, listen to, and join live conversations with public figures, experts and others on different topics of interest. Public figures (hosts) who have this active service can now invite friends, followers, verified public figures or any listener in their rooms so that they can also speak to the listening public.

Additionally, the host can invite the speakers in advance or during the conversation. There can be up to 50 speakers and there is no limit to the number of listeners.

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As for the groups, administrators have the option of allowing or not allowing moderators, group members or other administrators to create a Live Audio Room. In public groups, both members and visitors can listen to the conference, but in private groups, only members can listen to it.

IOS and Android users can discover Live Audio Rooms and join conferences from the news feed and via notifications. They also have the option of being able to register so that they are notified when a Live Audio Room is activated in which they are talking about a topic that interests them.

Live audio rooms offer captions in real time, and participating users will be able to use a button to request to join the conversation and use real-time reactions to show their thoughts as the conversation progresses.

Podcasts

Among the first podcasts to be heard we have Joe Budden from The Joe Budden Podcast; The Black Effect Podcast Network and iHeartRadio’s “Jess Hilarious” from Carefully Reckless; Keltie Knight, Becca Tobin and Jac Vanek from LadyGang; and Nicaila Matthews Okome from Side Hustle Pro. According to Facebook they will add many more podcasts soon.

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The interesting thing about the service is that users of the social network can listen to podcasts through a mini player, while they continue browsing and performing other tasks on Facebook. Users will have at their disposal a catalog of podcasts and when they are listening to one live, they will be able to offer reactions and comment, they will also be able to bookmark and share their favorite podcasts with their friends and family.

Towards the end of September, Facebook will introduce more features to this service, including subtitles and the ability to create and share short clips from a podcast.

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