The social network had confirmed that this move was coming last month, and product manager Vadim Lavrusik and software engineer Hursh Agrawai made it official in a Facebook Media blog post, saying that journalists and public figures can now use Facebook Mentions and Live for Facebook Mentions to:
- Report from the scene and interact with your followers live: With Live, you can report from the scene, host a Q&A and connect in real-time with your followers. We recently published some best practices to help you have a successful live session.
- See what people are saying about you and the topics you care about: Check out what people are saying about you and other topics you follow. You can also see what topics are currently trending on Facebook.
- Post publicly or share with your followers: Whether you’re sharing text, links, photos or something else, Mentions lets you choose the audience you want to share with. For example, you can share a post so only your followers see it in News Feed.
Lavrusik and Agrawai said users with verified profiles can download Mentions and log in with their Facebook credentials to get started, adding that public figures who believe their pages should be verified can fill out this form.
Readers: Are you looking forward to more real-time content from public figures you follow?