Updated 30 April 2020: Which video conferencing or live streaming platform to choose?.

Video conferencing platform options
Updated 30th April 2020: added details of Facebook Messenger Rooms and updated Google Meet which is now free to use until September 2020. It seems like most of the world had a rapid deep dive into the complexities of video conferencing in recent weeks. There is a huge amount of choice out there and the typical work-from-home person is often jumping in and out of a plethora of platform choices each day. Whilst Zoom's stock price has exploded it has also suffered criticisms over security as...

Making the most of Facebook Live video: 9 lessons learnt from the first Digiterati broadcast.

Facebook Live
I guess lesson number one should be: "Don't Live Broadcast mere hours after crying buckets at a harrowing funeral". But I guess that's not a circumstance of relevance for most potential Facebook Live users. At The Digiterati we'd had an evening Masterclass scheduled in with sound engineering company SFL for months and with the recent arrival in the UK of Facebook Live it seemed a great opportunity to do our first official live broadcast. I (Marie) was prepped and ready but for the tragic f...

8 ideas for using Facebook Live (or indeed Periscope, Meerkat or Google Hangouts).

Facebook Live Video Tripod
The public has been nicely warmed up to the concept and potential of live video thanks to Google Hangouts, Periscope and Meerkat. But Facebook Live, due to both its seamless integration with the Facebook app as well as the platform’s huge dominance, means that the medium is finally coming of age. You can use live video to personalise your brand, tell the story behind your organisation, enable your online audience to stand in you (virtual) shoes. It doesn't have to take muc...

Getting started with Facebook Live video.

Getting started with Facebook Live Video
We've already shared our Top Tips for using Facebook Live  but if you are sat there thinking "Aggghhh. Not another Facebook feature for me to get my head around" help is at hand. Here we share our quick getting started guide for using live video content. Getting started on Facebook Live For now you will need an iOS device as Android isn't supported yet. Make sure you've updated to the latest version of the Facebook app. There seem to be some bugs if you are working through the Pages app (as...

12 top tips for using Facebook Live video.

Using Facebook Live Video
Facebook's focus on video continues with the roll out with Facebook Live Video now rolled out to all Pages regardless of verification level (including in the UK). Facebook Live is a way of broadcasting a live video feed from your smart phone to your newsfeed and in doing so brings video within the grasp of even the tiniest businesses with highly limited technical expertise or equipment. Live video is built into Facebook so there is no need to open a separate app. Still only available (...

YouTube overtakes Facebook to become the most visited social network.

Not content with being the second largest search engine, earlier this year YouTube beat Facebook to become the most visited social media site in the US. Yes, you read that right. Research from Compete PRO, which operates one of the largest consumer panels in the US, indicated that unique visitors to YouTube edged ahead of Facebook by over 1.3m visitors in June 2014. While this may come as a surprise to many readers, it’s been on the cards for some time as this graph from Com...