Facebook’s Mention gets some new and exciting updates

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Mention is Facebook’s popular app for famous people including celebrities. The app got some new updates today, including Live video drafts, replay trimming, and comment blacklist. With these updates, Facebook is gradually turning Mention into a handheld video studio.

Are you a broadcaster? The new updates on Mention will allow you to control brightness and mirroring through an adjustment tray. You will also be able to add category tags, set up comments blocklists trim video replay, and much more. Perhaps, the new features will boost the confidence of famous people who will now be able to go Live on camera since they now have more options to look their best.

Celebrities will be particularly thrilled with the fact that they now have more tools to control their Facebook Live videos. They will now be able to moderate comments during broadcast by blacklisting some words and phrases. Facebook added this new feature to try and attract high quality content, which will ultimately boost its livestreaming service.

Getting Live video in front of as many people as possible is the primary objective here; but of course, this will ultimately boost Facebook’s revenue through ads. Getting celebrities to post highly engaging content on the platform will encourage Facebook’s 1.7 billion users to spend longer period on the website.

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Credit: https://www.engadget.com/2016/12/21/facebook-live-mentions-stars-video-broadcasts-new-tools/

Here are some of the newly added updates to Mention:

  • Category Tags: to enhance discoverability, broadcasters can now add voluntary tags from content creators before they go Live to enhance discoverability.
  • Battery Level: broadcasters can now see battery level and quickly save their unfinished work before cutting out.
  • Connectivity Indicator: there is a new connectivity indicator that will let you know if the signal is strong enough to broadcast, and alert you if you are approaching an area where connectivity is poor.

Mentioned was launched way back in 2014 as an app dedicated solely to famous people. Early in 2015, the social media behemoth added ability for celebrities to share their content on both Twitter and Instagram. That update enabled celebs and other popular figures to share their content on Twitter and Instagram, and also add topics to their mention feed. That makes it quite interesting as Mentions serves as an app that enables celebs connect and keep their followers connected.

Mentions can also be used by celebs to host Q&A sessions, view posts from people they follow, and access trending stories all in one place; which makes it a lot of fun.

Mentions does look like an app that has come to stay as Facebook has promised to keep adding more features and update to make it more exciting.

On Tuesday, Facebook launched a new tool for podcasters. Called Live Audio, the tool will serve as a complement to Facebook’s Live video streaming service, and could bring podcasts to the News Feed. It could also provide low-bandwidth real-time broadcasting options to publishers in areas like India and other places where internet connectivity.

A few publishers with proven track records in the industry have been shortlisted by the social media behemoth to kick start Live Audio.


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Author: Ola Ric

Ola Ric is a professional tech writer. He has written and provided tons of published articles for professionals and private individuals. He is also a social commentator and analyst, with relevant experience in the use of social media services.

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