Map Shows You Who's Streaming on Facebook Live


Facebook this week rolled out a "Live Around the World" interactive map that showcases people who are streaming live.

The new feature highlights live videos, and illustrates where in the world users are broadcasting. Find it on top of the Apps list on; the map is also accessible via Users can tune into some of the featured videos indexed on the left side of the page, or hover over any blue dot on the map. The bigger the dot, the more viewers that video currently has; click to expand the thumbnail and see live comments accompanying the clip.

The map currently displays a smattering of dots across the planet—mostly in the US, Western Europe, and Asia. It's unclear whether the map actually represents all videos currently streaming or just ones Facebook wants to highlight.

Facebook did not immediately respond to PCMag's request for comment.

The social media giant has been aggressively pushing Live Video since January, when the function became available for all US users with an iPhone and a Facebook account. It later hit the Android platform and expanded globally.

Last month, mobile users got a boost from a handful of new features, including the ability to go live in Facebook Groups and Events, add filters to your stream, and post varied reactions as a viewer.

Facebook also released a Live desktop map, similar to Periscope's app, which "gives you a window into what's happening in the world right now," the company said at the time. A visit to the #24Live hub now, however, ends in an error message.

If you're looking for a tech-related Facebook Live stream, be sure to watch PCMag's Random Access. Live from our labs each morning at 10 a.m. ET, we discuss the top news of the day and show off the latest gadgets. (Today's episode is embedded below.) Mobile fans, meanwhile, can check out Dialed In every Tuesday at 3 p.m. ET for a glimpse at the newest phones our analysts are testing.

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