Back in April, Facebook said that it would launch an interactive map for Live videos, and this week, it went live.
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(CCM) — Late Wednesday night, Facebook launched the Live Map for desktop users. The feature is available under the Apps list on the Facebook sidebar and lets users browse Live videos on a world map. Users can also go directly to the Live Map by going to www.facebook.com/livemap/. The map automatically grabs a popular livestream to play in the top left corner, and shows where the video is being watched using threads that connect the source of the video with the location of its viewers. Under this video, Live Map offers some other popular streams. To the right of this sidebar is an interactive global map speckled with blue dots that represent Live video streams. You can click and drag the map to travel across the globe, zoom into specific areas, and even see where people are watching by hovering over the video. To watch a Live video, simply click on a blue dot on the map, and the video will launch. If you do not have the Live Map feature, be patient; it is rolling out slowly.
The Live Map feature was initially announced alongside a slew of new Live updates, including Live Reactions, Live Filters, and the ability to "go Live" in Groups and Events. Facebook also revealed that Live was available in more than 60 countries in this announcement, all of which are viewable on the Live Map. "We've been humbled by all the amazing and creative ways that people have used Facebook Live so far, and we're committed to creating the best experience for everyone who wants to create, watch, and interact with live videos on Facebook," said Fidji Simo, Product Management Director for Facebook Live. "We'll keep working to bring you the best ways to broadcast, interact with, and discover live video. Stay tuned."
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