Facebook adding more live video tools | Public Relation

thinks it has the answer for waning user engagement—better

The company has a seen a drop in users in the U.S., pointing to an overall
trend of web traffic and a loss of consumer trust. However, the
company is still pushing its live offerings.

Facebook sees the decline in users as part of a growing dissatisfaction
with social media experiences. CEO Mark Zuckerberg
promised to change how Facebook operates
before the Cambridge Analytica scandal forced the company to
play defense on its data-use policies. Now, Facebook wants to get back to its mission of improving user
experience on its platform.

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Zombie-like passive consumption of static video is both unhealthy for
viewers and undifferentiated for the tech giants that power it. That’s set

Facebook on a mission to make video interactive, full of conversation with
broadcasters and fellow viewers. It’s racing against Twitch, YouTube,
Twitter and Snapchat to become where people watch together and don’t feel
like asocial slugs afterward.

That’s why Facebook today told TechCrunch that it’s acqui-hired Vidpresso, buying its seven-person
team and its technology but not the company itself. The six-year-old Utah
startup works with TV broadcasters and content publishers to make their
online videos more interactive with on-screen social media polling and
comments, graphics and live broadcasting integrated with Facebook, YouTube,
Periscope and more. The goal appears to be to equip independent social
media creators with the same tools these traditional outlets use so they
can make authentic but polished video for the Facebook platform.

a blog post on Medium, Vidpresso announced that it would be joining Facebook. It wrote, in part:

Way back in 2012 we founded Vidpresso with a simple vision: To make

video more like HTML — easier to author, easier to change, and

customized per person. We’ve had a lot of false starts along the

way, first offering tools to help synchronize presentations with

slides, then offering tools to help broadcasters put social media

on TV. We finally landed on helping create high quality broadcasts

back on social media, but we still haven’t realized the full

vision yet.

That’s why we’re joining Facebook. This gives us the best

opportunity to accelerate our vision and offer a simple way for

creators, publishers, and broadcasters to use social media in live

video at a high quality level. We’ve always wanted to build tools

for everyone to create interactive live video experiences.

Vidpresso has also published a video of the tools it offers:

Though some broadcasters are already using Vidpresso’s tools, many consider
the Facebook acquisition to be aimed at helping smaller, less-experienced
videographers produce better content.


But the last line of Vidpresso’s announcement above explains Facebook’s
intentions here, and also why it didn’t just try to build the tools itself.
It doesn’t just want established news publishers and TV studios making
video for its platform. It wants semi-pro creators to be able to broadcast
snazzy videos with graphics, comments and polls that can aesthetically
compete with “big video” but that feel more natural. This focus on creators
over news outlets aligns with
of Facebooks head of journalist relations Campbell Brown allegedly saying
that Mark Zuckerberg doesn’t care about publishers and that “We are not
interested in talking to you about your traffic and referrals any more.
That is the old world and there is no going back.” Facebook has contested
these reports.

The biggest opportunity might be for influencers and creators—and the
companies that partner with them.


Whichever video hub offers the best audience growth, creative expression
tools and monetization options will become the preferred destination for
creators’ work, and their audiences will follow. Vidpresso could help these
creators look more like TV anchors than selfie monologuers, but also help
them earn money by integrating brand graphics and tie-ins.

Facebook employees have greeted their new colleagues on Twitter:

What do you think of Facebook’s acquisition, PR Daily readers?
Does it excite you about Facebook’s future capabilities? How might you use
Vidpresso’s offerings?

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