Facebook launched a Clubhouse live audio competitor as well as new support for podcasts. Those who host a live audio room will also have the option of selecting a nonprofit or fundraiser to support during their conversation, and Facebook says “listeners and speakers can directly donate.” Facebook allows the host to add up to 50 speakers in a live audio session. There is no limit to the number of listeners, so anyone can join any audio room live on Facebook.
- Listeners will get an option to enable live captions, and there will also be a “raise a hand” button to request to join the live conversation. One will also be able to use reactions to participate in real-time. While listening, users can “Like” or react to the content as it streams using the “Thumbs Up” button at the bottom of the screen, which connects you to Facebook’s set of emoji reactions.
- Now listeners can also now show support to the public figure of the Live Audio Room by sending “Stars.” These Stars can be purchased during the conversation and used at any time, similar to how they work with other Facebook Live content.
- By sending Stars, the listener is bumped up to the “Front Row,” a special section that highlights the people who sent the Stars. This allows the event’s hosts to easily recognize their supporters and even give them a shout out during the event, if they choose.
- Another new feature allows hosts to select a nonprofit or fundraiser to support during their conversation, and listeners and speakers can directly donate. A progress bar will show how much has been raised during the show.
- Facebook users are alerted to all the new Live Audio Rooms via the News Feed and Notifications, and can sign up to be reminded when a room they’re interested in goes Live.
- Facebook Groups trying the new format include Dance Accepts Everyone, Vegan Soul Food, Meditation Matters, Pow Wow Nation, OctoNation – The Largest Octopus Fan Club! and Space Hipsters.
- The new feature instead involves podcasts that are streamed via public RSS feeds directly on Facebook, not delivered by Spotify.