Facebook Live Coming to Desktops, Laptops

Facebook confirmed that it has begun rolling out Facebook Live via desktop and laptop computers.

Facebook confirmed that it has begun rolling out Facebook Live via desktop and laptop computers.

Danny Goodwin of Search Engine Journal shared this video (embedded below) from Facebook user Delilah Taylor, in which a Live Video option appeared in her status update composer while accessing the social network via desktop.

1st FB Live from laptop… Testing it out.
Can you see and hear me?

Posted by Delilah Taylor on Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Facebook confirmed that it is beginning the rollout of the feature in a statement to SocialTimes:

We’re starting to roll out the ability for people to broadcast live on Facebook from their desktop or laptop.

And a source with knowledge of the social network’s plans told SocialTimes the launch of the feature was a response to demand from journalists, vloggers and do-it-yourselfers, among other users, adding that it is currently available to a “small percentage” of users, with more set to come on board “in the coming months.”

Peripheral cameras are supported, in addition to built-in cameras on laptops, the source added.

Taylor said in her video:

When I first clicked live video, it didn’t do anything. You’ve got to put in a comment, and then you hit next, and when you hit next, it will bring up a secondary screen, which kind of looks like a Google Hangout screen, and you can adjust your camera and microphone … Then you hit “Go Live.”

Readers: What do you think of the upcoming addition of Facebook Live for desktops and laptops?

david.cohen@adweek.com David Cohen is editor of Adweek's Social Pro Daily.