Facebook Adds New 50 Person Video Chat to Compete with Zoom
Here we go. The coronavirus continues to impact families across the country and definitely right here in the Treasure Valley. I feel like the more that we stay inside the more we seek out ways to connect.
My co-host (Kat Fisher) had to confine herself for 14 days waiting on coronavirus results and our best way to see each other was Instagram. That was our best way to touch listeners and see everyone. I think that's all changing.
I'm not sure if you're aware of Microsoft Zoom which is used a ton of virtual business meetings. This quarantine has opened that platform to chat with friends like Facetime. Well, Facebook found out and they don't like it.
Say hello to Facebook's new Messenger app. I love this because I've been looking for ways to get more than one listener on video. We can do one on Instagram but that is usually the person in studio. Facebook's Messenger app will allow up to 50 people at once. That means we can get crazy in the morning especially when it's a relationship question. I feel like everyone has an opinion or we can that cheater with your entire family on the line. I'm kidding! It should be a ton of fun.
If you're over Facebook as your primary account Facebook has a plan for that too. You can expect Instagram Direct and WhatsApp to soon follow suit.
Video presence isn't just about calling someone," Zuckerberg said. "It's starting to be fundamental building block of a private social platform with lots of different use cases. - Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg
Get ready because this is just the beginning. These platforms are fighting for us, have fun with it.