Facebook today announced a new live-streaming feature on the mobile Messenger app, dubbed “Instant Video”. Similar to the live-streaming feature built into the mobile Facebook app, Instant Video allows you to start streaming live video with a friend on Messenger by tapping a new button found in chat windows. The video streams in a small window so that you can continue chatting while streaming.
“We know that every message is unique and personal to you and the person you’re chatting with—so today, we’re excited to launch Instant Video, letting you to put a smile on the faces of those people who matter most in your life,” writes Facebook.
To use Instant Video, both you and your friend must be viewing an open Messenger conversation. Then, tap a new video icon in the top right corner to start sharing real-time video. Audio is off by default, but you can turn it on at any time. Your friend can watch your video stream and share a video back if they decide.
A reflection of the ubiquity of video, Instant Video should come in handy for those times you wish to show something to a Messenger friend, share quick moments with them and watch their reactions and what not.