You'll love the seven huge changes Facebook is making to the way you chat with friends and share updates about your life with your family. At least Facebook hopes you'll like these changes.
They're big and will completely transform the way many of its 1.6 billion users use social media. Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is in Los Angeles today to make the big announcement and we already know most of the changes he'll reveal. Here's what we know.
1. Live in Groups
All the changes today make it easier for you to video chat with family and friends, and watch live events from around the world, using Facebook Live. That's its real-time video app that celebrities tested about a year ago, and which Facebook has been gradually rolling out to Android and iOS devices.
One new feature is Live in Groups. Instead of just posting live videos on News Feed, so everyone can see it, you can post live videos that only certain people can see.
Say you're posting a video of your son's or daughter's wedding, you can share that in a Group for your extended family. Or, if you're posting a live demonstration of a new product at work, you can post it in a Group for customers and coworkers.
2. Live in Events
If your family is scattered all over the country, and whose isn't, you can now invite them to birthday parties, graduations, and other events with Live in Events. If they RSVP to an event, they'll be able to watch it live as you post it.
Note: A side benefit is your favorite actor, musician, or radio host might give exclusive performances to super fans.
3. Live Reactions
You've been seeing and using Facebook's new Reactions. In addition to the long-used "Like" button, you can express yourself with emojis Love, Haha, Wow, Sad, and Angry. Now, you can use them in Facebook Live videos.
As Facebook explains in a statement: "People comment more than 10 times more on Facebook Live videos than on regular videos."
4. Live Filters
You can now add filters to change the look of your Facebook Live videos. And, soon, you'll be able to scribble notes and doodle on them, too,much like on Instagram and Snapchat.
If you want a family member or friend to enjoy a Live video with you as you're watching it, tap the Invite icon.
6. A dedicated place
Tap on the new video icon to find live and recorded videos on topics that interest you, and from people, celebrities, and companies you like.
7. Facebook Live Map
Check out Facebook Live Map to see where people are posting Live videos around the world. Click on the one you want to watch.
Keep reading Happening Now for updates on Facebook's Live Video updates. And watch this Facebook Live video to find out more about its new features.