Recently Clubhouse app is getting a lot of Demand among users. Based on reports, Last month Clubhouse crossed nearly 8 million downloads on the app store. So, it’s expected that many other companies are planning to launch similar features to attract this audience. Facebook also plans to launch a new feature that is basically a copy of Clubhouse. Which is Facebook’s new live audio feature.
The New York Times informed in February that Facebook is planning to launch a Clubhouse rival. Initially, there were many expectations about how it will look and how it will function. With the new screenshots of Facebook’s new live audio feature that is still under development, Facebook gives us a glimpse of how it will look like.
From the screenshot of Facebook’s new live audio feature, we can say that new features seem like an extension of Facebook’s existing messenger Rooms. This means it won’t be a standalone app as some of the users expected. Facebook Officially confirmed that these images are certainly only examples of Facebook’s new live audio feature.
However, these images do not exactly represent how the new feature will look like. Facebook’s new live audio feature that is in-development may appear different from the official product launch. But the images at least help in understanding how the Facebook new live audio feature will fit into Facebook’s existing app.
Here are the details of Facebook’s new Live audio feature
Facebook developer and reverse engineer Alessandro Paluzzi also described how you can enable Facebook’s new live audio feature in its mobile app. Some regular users are still having difficulty finding this.
The new screenshot images show us an expansion of Rooms, where you have three different room options like private video room, public audio room, and private audio room. The private audio room is the place where you can voice chat with a group of friends, while the new feature “Live Audio” room will be an audio-only room. Where you could broadcast to a wider group of listeners.
This new Facebook live audio will allow participants to hear what you’re saying in a room. Which is quite similar to Clubhouse and Twitter Spaces. After creating the Live Audio room you can invite other users to join the conversation through a Facebook post or direct message or else by using a public invitation link. All the participant’s profile pictures in the room will be shown in a circular shape. They are separated between speakers, people followed by speakers, and others, similar to Clubhouse acts.
Also, Facebook’s Live Audio room experience from the images seems to feature images of Mark Zuckerberg’s face to represent the participant’s profiles. The speaker’s profile images are shown at the top of the room with larger, circular profile pics. Whereas the room listeners will appear below. More importantly, Paluzzi points out that this is just an unfinished interface that’s not even functional at this point. So the actual finished product may or may not appear as shown here.
How to use Facebook’s New Live Audio feature
Before starting a live audio broadcast with Facebook’s new live audio. Choose what picture you want to display throughout your broadcast. You can go for your own profile picture or you can choose the topic-related image. So listeners get an idea about what you are going to talk about. If you don’t select any picture then it will automatically display your profile picture.
Similar to any other Facebook live broadcast, this new Live Audio feature also allows you to mention a short description of your broadcasting event. By this people will know what they can expect from tuning in. Mention something which will encourage users to join. Then when you get ready to go live, click on the audio button and there is no need for any camera.
Just like the Video version, the Facebook Live Audio feature will let you interact with your audience. You can see their questions and comments show up in the same way as the video version. If participants want they can also share it by sharing a button during the broadcast.
Once it is over, you can share it on your wall. You can edit your description of the broadcasting event and continue responding to questions and comments as they come in.
Twitter is planning to launch a similar Clubhouse like Live Audio feature
Not only Facebook is planning for a new Clubhouse like the Live Audio feature, but also Twitter is also planning to launch the Twitter Spaces feature to attract audio live broadcast users.
Based on reports Twitter planning to roll out its Spaces Voice-chatting feature soon. Once this feature goes live anyone can create live rooms with up to 10 people speaking and unlimited participants similar to Facebook’s new Live Audio feature planning. It may launch in April but still, there is work left to be done as per reports.
Also, users can select specifically who can join with speaking privileges by choosing from “Everyone, People you follow, or Only people you invite to speak,”. It lets them send personal invites to participants. Along with that, you can edit your Twitter Spaces room description and room name.
We have to wait and see when this Facebook new live audio feature will go live. And how it will look when it rolls out fully. Without a doubt, this could be an advantage, especially for brand pages. Where they are looking to build community, and maximize engagement in the app to increase their referral traffic and etc. This Facebook new Live Audio is not available for everyone yet. But soon we can expect it to go live maybe within the next few months.
With the Clubhouse app’s success, other Social media platforms are also planning to launch similar Live audio features. Recently it was reported that Facebook is working on a feature that is quite similar to Clubhouse. This Facebook new Live Audio feature is currently in the development stage. With the recent screenshots, Facebook gives us a glimpse of how this new live audio feature will look like. Also, it stated that it will be different from the final product launch.