Facebook Messenger Rooms Introduced!
Facebook launches a new update that will allow it to add 50-person video chatrooms to its social network. The new feature, which was launched on Friday, 24 April 2020, reflects how people have turned to video-calling to stay in contact in recent days. Facebook Messenger Rooms is dubbed the potential answer to the surprise rise of video-chat service Zoom which has exploded during the coronavirus pandemic lockdown.
On 24 April 2020, CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced that the company is introducing “Messenger Rooms,” a new feature that allows users to create public or private video chatrooms to connect with friends and strangers when they’re apart.
Right from the beginning, Facebook’s products have always been about connecting people. Today, video helps most of us bridge the distance caused by people being physically apart. Like we know, spending time with one another should be spontaneous, not strained. Therefore, to help people feel like they’re together even when they’re apart or have to be physically apart, Facebook announced features across their products that make video chat and live video easier and more natural.
Introducing Facebook Messenger Rooms
Facebook’s announcement of Messenger Rooms, and the hype the new feature is being given, is an obvious proof that Facebook sees group video communication as a strategic priority at the moment.
Facebook Messenger Rooms make it easy to spend quality time with friends, loved ones, and people you share interests with. Rooms come alongside several other video-related announcements from Facebook.
Facebook community is adding eight-person video calls to its messaging app WhatsApp. Also, it’s adding a video-call functionality to Facebook Dating, the company’s dating service that faces the challenge of most prospective daters being unable to meet face-to-face at the time being.
In addition to Facebook Messenger Room, the company is gearing up its live streaming functionalities letting members watch Instagram Live broadcasts from the desktop for the first time ever. Again, it’s letting users Livestream from their Portal video-chat devices. Likewise, reintroducing the “Live With” feature that was previously discontinued which allows users to co-Livestream with others.
How Facebook Messenger Rooms Works
To get started with Facebook Messenger Rooms, you can create a room right from Messenger or Facebook, and invite anyone to join your video call. Interestingly, you can invite anyone to join your video call even if they don’t have a Facebook account. Rooms will have a capacity to hold up to 50 people with no time limit!
Facebook Messenger Room is designed in such a way that it will be easy for people to join. You can host celebrations, gather a book club, or just hang out on the couch with friends. All you need to do is to start and share rooms on Facebook through News Feed, Groups, and Events. As a result, you won’t need to call someone to know if it’s a good time for them to join your video chat or to check everyone’s calendar first.
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Facebook equally promised they will soon be adding ways to create rooms from Instagram Direct, WhatsApp, and Portal too.
When your friends or community create rooms that are open to you, you will see them on Facebook. In this way, you can easily find something to do and people to hang out with. You equally don’t need to download anything to get started if you are invited to a room. Just join the video chat from your phone or computer.
On the privacy aspect, you choose who can see and join your room when you create one. There are also features that allow you to remove people from the call and lock a room if you don’t want anyone else to join.
Facebook also announced that Messenger Rooms is rolling out in some countries [unspecified] this week, and “will expand to the rest of the world in the coming weeks.”
Great news for the whole Facebook community, even to those who are unwilling to sign up for services with the company as they can join any room without a Facebook account.
In summary, this development indicates that Facebook knows how best to remain in, or even beat competitions!