Three, Two, One- Action!

Facebook has revolutionised the way news stories can be reported and the way viewers can interact with whats going on in the world by introducing the “live” button. 

In todays society, reporting live has never been easier! With a click of a button, reporters can share whats happening via live stream and viewers can even interact straight from Facebook via the comments and emotion buttons. 

And it is all so straight forward! 


All you need to do is click the live button at the top left hand corner….

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Name your video and select the audience…
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Wait for the three second countdown cue … img_5535


And then your live! img_5531


Once your done, hit finish at the bottom right and eh voila…IMG_5536.png


 This tool is so useful for journalists! Its so convenient, easy to use and accessible as almost all have Facebook . You may have seen this tool used regularly recently with some pages live streaming with competitions and breaking news , even nasa joining in with a live stream from space! 

What a world we live in! 

If you like this article why not check out my most recent blog where I delve into the live world of twitter!  

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Facebook is a huge part of our everyday life, whether you like it or not you still spend an average 20 + minuets a day scrolling through “your” news feed.

But exactly what keeps you scrolling?

A very special algorithm. That is what keeps you hooked, or so it is supposed to. For us non technical minded folks an algorithm is “a logical arithmetical or computational procedure that if correctly applied ensures the solution of a problem”  But what was  Facebook’s’ problem?  well, as it turned out, how to ensure we see the posts that really mattered to us first  was Facebook’s top issue that kept them up at night. 

And to solve the issue; invent an ever-changing  code that will sort the  information it receives and rank it for you. That’s right according to this article I recently read, (available here)  your Facebook news-feed was generated specifically for you with your interests  taken into careful consideration.

In the original days, the data Facebook gathered from you via the links you clicked, the profiles you visited etc., was fed back into the “machine” to give you what Facebook thought you wanted to see first. Although, it would seem it did not work quite as well as they would have liked, according to the article. Only 30%  of users reported that Facebook “sometimes” gave them the most interesting article, and sometimes is just not good enough so Facebook gave us the power to decide what we like, by giving us a “like” button.

It may not be clear to all, but the “Like” button has more use then just letting your friend know you like the video of the cat they posted the other day, it lets Facebook know that you specifically like that person and the cat video, so if you like more of that persons post’s you will see more of that person and you will see other cat videos, which to me makes perfect sense.

The article is very interesting once you get to the nitty grittiness of it. It makes you realise that Facebook holds a lot of power and control over what you get exposed to. I would recommend anyone download it from the kindle app and give it a read.

The kindle app by the way is great! I downloaded it onto my phone and synced it to my chrome account specially for this reading  and it is so handy, easy to use and simple. It’s a forgetful persons saviour! didn’t finish that online reading last night? well whip you phone out because it will be  on their (providing you remembered to save it to the app extension, which you can find here )