Facebook is copying Clubhouse and making room for podcasts!

Is Facebook becoming a copycat? They are now offering an audio only service similar to the wildly successful Clubhouse App.

Looks like the future of social media platforms is ALL TALK.


Clubhouse, the most well known audio only social media platform, has rapidly grown in 2020/1. It’s success is in large part due to its “VIP” must-be-invited first engagement.

What’s proved to be of value in this service is being able to listen in to people talking while multitasking, but more importantly, because it is audio only, the discussions are deeper, and arguably more meaningful.

For example, I was listening into a room created by Black people for Black people to discuss how to protect themselves from the police in their everyday lives. I have never been privy to such a conversation in any other space, with such intimacy and immediacy.

One of the featured speakers in the room, Ashawn from Boston, was waiting for an Uber and speaking when suddenly, all 300 of us in the room heard sirens and yelling as Ashawn was getting harrassed by police – while being featured on Clubhouse. In that moment, all of us were living his 20-year-old in black skin experience. We were silent, audio-witnessing this frankly rude exchange from the cops to this kid. We were all terrified for him and wondering what would happen next.

Ashawn had presence of mind to let the police officers know that he is on a business call with 300 listeners on Clubhouse, just so they know they may be overheard. Eventually, the cops left him, but Ashawn was so scared they’d return, we could hear him running home, and crying when he got into his home.

Everyone on that call experienced PTSD from that exchange, no doubt.

Can Facebook also offer that kind of space with their audio only platform?

Their platform is also making space for audio podcasters. The roll out is coming soon, so watch this space. Meanwhile, here’s how it will look:

https://techcrunch.com/2021/06/21/facebook-officially-launches-live-audio-rooms-and-podcasts-in-the-u-s/?fbclid=IwAR1PAaDvrqCH18cSvLunBdM5nSLrPoUMv8Ry9-b62fJWo3Pw9WQodO41zWo

Instagram Support Small Business stickers now available for Insta Stories

Here’s a way to support small businesses, thanks to FacePlace and Instagram:

The latest initiative is a new Support Small Business sticker for placing in your Instagram stories. On the IG app, tap the camera, create your story, then tap the little sticker icon and you’ll add the @mention of the local/small business you wish to spotlight. (I recommend doing a quick search to get the right account name first, before creating your story.)”

Instagram statesTo give people an easy way to show their love for small businesses, we’re introducing the new Support Small Business sticker on Instagram. When people use the sticker in Instagram Stories, their story will automatically appear in a shared Instagram story, so more people can discover more small businesses.”

Social Media, Video Marketing & Live Streaming News

LIVE STREAMING NEWS Announcements!

FACEBOOK – in its bid to compete with ZOOM , has now released Messenger Rooms! Perhaps this is a response to the ZOOM privacy controversy and the need for Yoga Studios, Dance studios, Teachers, everyone needing a Zoom-Like system.

Messenger Rooms hold up to 50 people at a time. It should be free to use (though you may have to pay for additions, like sharing features for a fee – not known at this time). There is no set time limit on Messenger Rooms.

People can join even if they don’t have a Facebook account.

HOW?

You can share out your invite with a link from Messenger, no downloading needed for the viewers! The viewer can join by sharing through groups, events, or personal profile! You can start Messenger Room & let people in and private room join. You will be able to do this from Instagram, and the Facebook Portal, too. The viewer will just click a link and …you’re in! Then you can have effects, bunny ears and mouse noses…360’s and mood lighting.

When you create a room you can choose to see who can join you. You can remove people, and lock a room, mute all attendees. It is not clear yet if the sharing screen could be something you pay for, or if it is built in.

Messenger Rooms is rolling out in some countries this week…rest of the world in the coming weeks.

LIVE WITH – was a program that was retired, and now it is BACK! This is so you can go live with video by phone only (no other gear) and you could do a phone interview and spread the Live with your audience and theirs. Can connect on the phone ONLY, and have live conversations

Live with Facebook PAGES: you can now go live with a profile! For example: I can go LIVE with (my profile) but you can’t add another page through LIVE WITH.

Facebook’s PORTAL is a Facebook camera that is on a stand and allows you to video call with another user. The camera automatically follows you around,. You don’t need a mic – there’s one built in. NOW, you will be able to go live from the Portal, too! You can do the live from there to profiles, but now you can go to live to your page and group.

Businesses can now Charge for live streams. This is happening in EVENTS, so when you create events you have an option to go live from there. Your strategy model should be that you give away free content (downloads, pdf’s, free lives to offer some value to answer pain points your customers have (FAQ), then have a paid workshops . Facebook hasn’t announced if they will charge for this service.

NEW: Audio only option: Facebook are making it easier to access live video so you can still join in if you are having Internet issues. Say you have buffering problems, or not enough data to watch a live. The audience will then be able to turn on AUDIO ONLY as a viewer, so you don’t use up a lot of data and bandwidth with the video, but you can hear using your phone. The pages in Facebook shares the toll free number to your audience for you. I, as a page, can share that number Facebook gives me – I don’t have to set anything up! This is found In Facebook Producer, and is available now.

STARS: This is a way to financially support more creators in Facebook! These are super chats where you can support your creator by donation. The creators earn 1 cent for 1 star. Facebook live is adding donation button to Facebook LIVE. Instead of sending people off to donate somewhere else, it will be integrated into Facebook live!!!

Instagram LIVE UPDATE! Now, as a content producer, you get a link, so you share and promote commenting on Instagram videos from a Desktop. Instagram LIVE usually disappears after 24 hours from your profile, but now you can share that video to LIVE on IGTV. They are promising that they will make it “easier for finding for viewers.” Currently, there is no expiration for IGTV videos!

Now is the time to shift your business! Now is a good time to look at new ways to create business that will help you survive through this C19 time, and set you up for future financial models. You have a BIG opportunity online NOW. I am happy to help guide you in this mission! Contact me:

Alison.Victor@gmail.com, Instagram: @avmultimedia, Twitter: @AVMultimedia

The Gift Of Wild Words

Earlier this month, I gave away a Wild Words Weekend Intensive class to several people across the USA and it was just as special as I knew it could be.

We had a pastor, a body worker, a mediator, an acupuncturist, a singer and an office manager – people from San Francisco, Chicago and Ashland, Oregon, all on a Zoom Room, all strangers.

Within the first day, we were very intimate support for each other. THIS is the magic of being open to the Wild Words process.

We write to heal ourselves, not to perform for others. This practice is to help you get to what is “truth” – for you.

The more daring you are on the page, the more it makes it ok for others in group to feel ok about being vulnerable.

Look on the Wild Words page for the schedule!

Welcome

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Arizona has the most beautiful sunsets I’ve witnessed; full of Sky-blue pink with orange hues. It’s different every day.  <3

Hello, world!

I have a Bachelor’s Degree and Master’s Degree in Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts.

I’ve made a few award-winning documentaries, dabble in photography, and stay current with social media marketing with video.

I have worked in live video streaming to to gaming consoles, YouTube Facebook, and more platforms as well as a Global Corporation you’ve heard of.

I also teach a “Wild Words” Workshop, to help people access their thoughts, feelings and ideas.  No writing experience necessary.

Join us!