Facebook is testing its new floating videos, so that you can get the most out of your social media experience.
Have you ever been scrolling away through your Facebook news feed and saw some video that you might have wanted to see, but couldn’t resist scrolling on past it? Sure you have, because this happened to all Facebook users out there.
This is exactly why the social network’s development team has come up with a very practical way of letting you watch your endless news feed, all while watching that tempting video that you’ve been eyeing.
All you need to do its click on the video, move it away from your news feed and put it anywhere that you like on your screen. This way you get a good view of your news feed, all while the video is playing.
Naturally, the size of the video box has to be rather small so that it can fit in some corner of your screen. But in case you realize that you’re really interested in the video, you can easily switch back to news feed mode and you can watch it in full screen.
The floating video, as Facebook is calling it, is a rudimentary version of the video menu, so it only has the play button, the close button and the Like and Share options, so that you don’t miss the opportunity to share the video with your friends.
The floating video is still in its testing phase for now, so it still has some glitches. For instance, the video only “floats” as long as you’re scrolling through your news feed. If you want to go through your messages or your event calendar, then the video disappears completely.
Also, the feature is not available to the Facebook app just jet and it is unknown at the moment whether or not it will ever be introduced to it.
The development team is probably waiting to see how the users respond to the feature on their desktops, before they conjure up a way to fit a floating video onto your smartphone screen.
The new feature is not yet available to all Facebook users, as the company wanted to complete the testing phase before they release it to the everybody.
The floating video is only the beginning, because Facebook intends to extend its video features significantly. Their aim seems to be to compete with Google’s YouTube, which is the leader of the video market.
However, it will take a lot more than floating videos to make people switch from YouTube to Facebook. But if there ever was a person bold and ambitious enough to pull off such a thing, it is Mark Zuckerberg.
And if you think about it, all of this Google-Facebook epic battle for the internet is working in our favor. So all we need to do from here on is to grab the popcorn and watch the two titans continuously outsmart each other. So, enjoy!
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