Facebook Live will soon have more ways to connect with friends during broadcasts

Facebook continues to pump up its Live streaming service with new features, and today it's unveiled two more designed to make broadcasting alongside friends easier, be you audience or host.

The first of the new additions to Facebook Live is the ability to chat with friends in a stream, what Facebook is dubbing 'Live Chat With Friends.'

Instead of having your comments lost in a sea of randos shouting over each other, Live Chat With Friends lets you invite folks to a private conversation thread so you can gab about the same live video in peace.

Start a private chat with friends while watching a Live broadcast

Start a private chat with friends while watching a Live broadcast (Image credit: Facebook)

Two's a party

The second feature is called 'Live With,' which lets you notify a friend the next time you go online with your own Facebook Live broadcast.

During a stream, you can invite a guest from among your viewers to join in via a picture-in-picture or side-by-side video feed, depending on your device's camera orientation.

Not only does this make a conversation between individuals easier on Facebook Live, but we can see "calling in" viewers being a useful addition for hosting seminars, special guest appearances, or events that are prime for audience participation. Right now, the feature appears to be limited to two participants at a time. 

Facebook is currently testing out Live Chat With Friends and Live With for mobile devices "in several countries," and is expected to roll out both features later this summer.

Parker Wilhelm
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