FACEBOOK LETS FRIENDS WATCH SHOWS TOGETHER WHILE APART
On Monday launched Watch Together, the world’s largest social network, a free feature it is rolling out globally on its Messenger communication platform.
Facebook product manager Nora Micheva said in a blog post: “Connecting through video has understandably become more important for our Messenger community in the past few months,”
“We created Watch Together to make spending quality time with friends and loved ones feel as close to an in-person experience as possible.” Micheva added.
According to Micheva, there are more than 150 million video calls a day on Messenger, and more than 200 million videos sent each day using the service.
Watch Together is designed to let people enjoy videos simultaneously while chatting with friends on screen in a video call.
For the launch, Facebook has partnered with celebrity fitness trainer Melissa Alcantara to create a series of workout videos.
Watch Together can be activated from a Messenger video call capable of handling up to eight people or virtual “rooms” that as many as 50 online friends can visit simultaneously.
Facebook this year launched the virtual “rooms” feature, where friends can pop in for visits via online video as part of an effort to help users locked down during the pandemic.