Do you avoid live streaming like it’s the plague because like me every day is a bad hair, face, or clothes day? Twitter has finally heard us and added an audio-only live streaming feature to their Periscope app.
Sorry Android users, currently the feature is being rolled out on IOS devices. This feature allows followers and attendees to listen to your live-stream without seeing you.
Here’s how to access the audio-only feature using the Twitter app and from Periscope app:
Go to the compose a tweet button as you would typically do on your Twitter app. Then click the “Live” Tweet button as if you were about to do a live-stream.
Then go to the “Live” button, and you will see the microphone which is sitting front and center.
Then, hit the “Go Live” with just audio, people who join will see your image along with the audio waveforms of you talking.
You have to wonder with podcasting becoming so popular, why hasn’t Twitter added this feature a long time ago. But it’s better late than never!
If you’ve stayed away from the platform because of the trolls and their comments, now would be an excellent time to come back and grow your community and your brand with this audio-only feature.
Not quite sure what to say for your first audio-only live-stream? It doesn’t matter what industry you’re in; you can talk about almost anything. Here are some suggestions for topics to discuss with your audience:
- Trending news
- Daily motivational tips
- Business and Career hacks
- Comedy Skit
- Sing and Share
Let me know what you think of the new feature, and do you think it’s enough to further jump-start the engagement on the platform.
Let’s face it, Livestreaming is not going away, it’s here to stay! I was hoping it would be a phase but it’s not. Live stream video will only continue to be apart of our daily lives, especially if you’re in business!
According to a report by Cisco, 80% of all internet traffic will be coming from video. If you’re like me, getting your video marketing strategy together so that you can increase your video content is a high priority for me.
And livestreaming is the best way to start creating video content meanwhile growing your business and connecting with your audience.
Now that my video marketing strategy has been created, my next step was to learn how to use Facebook live and OBS (Open Broadcasting System) so that I am able to do screens sharing streams with my Facebook group. As I was going through this process, there are a few things that I’ve noticed and I wanted to share it with you, if you’re new to livestreaming so that you can be aware of them as well.
1. It Will Take Some Practice To Get Use To The Set Up With Facebook Live and OBS.
Initially, I thought I would be up and running within minutes. That was not the case, the initial setup was easy and I had no trouble uploading the software, but what I had envision to be able to do on Facebook is actually a process, I wasn’t prepared for.
The livestreaming experts make everything look so easy!
2. Prepare For A Video Stream Delay
Excuse my ignorance, but I believe the stream delayed while streaming would be shorter when using a program like OBS, but that wasn’t the case. On Facebook live I found there to be a roughly 20-25 second on screen delay that can make being on camera when you’re new slightly awkward if you’re not expecting. Later on I also found out that settings, internet speed, and laptop can all be factors that cause your video delay. How long your delay might be is really person dependent.
Why is this important to know?
If you’re presenting to your group and ask a question it may be up to 30 seconds before you may see a response from your audience. When you decid to livestream with Facebook getting comfortable with small silent pauses will be part of the learning process.
At least, that’s what I’ve discovered.
3. Don’t Be Afraid To Ask For Help
Depending on the type of bells and whistle you want to add to your livestream, will determine if you need help with your livestreaming events.
It’s okay to ask for help when your livestreaming. You may need help seeing comments or questions. Having someone who can be your helper in your community is a great stress reliever, especially when you have other things on your mind, like being interactive with your community. Livestreaming in general is a process that has a learning curve like everything else, it doesn’t have to be complicated.
And you don’t have to go through the process alone! Find someone in your community to help, a mentor, or even a tech savvy friend.
If you’re not sure who to ask, if my schedule if open, I’m offering to be your community helper, all you have to do is ask.
Are you using OBS to livestream on Facebook? How have your experience been using them together, share any tips that you might have to make the process easier in the comments.