How to livestream your life on Facebook

Facebook is expanding its livestream feature to more users in the US, here's how it works.

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When it comes to broadcasting an event or a random rant to your social media friends, Twitter users have Periscope and Facebook users have, well, Facebook.

Facebook's Live Video feature was first announced in 2015 and available only to celebrities. As of last week, however, Facebook is expanding the feature's availability to iPhone users starting in the US, with expansion to the rest of the world in the "coming weeks."

Facebook's announcement also notes that it's working on adding the feature to the Android app "soon."

For those who have access to Facebook's Live Video feature, starting a stream is as easy as posting a status update.

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  • In the Facebook app, begin to compose a status as you normally would.
  • Instead of entering text, look for a new icon just above the keyboard. If you don't see it yet, check back in a day or two. Facebook is known for slowly rolling out new features to users.
  • If you do have the icon, tap on it.
  • Tap on Continue, fill in a title and select your privacy options (friends, public, etc.).
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Once you begin streaming, an alert will be sent to your Facebook friends, notifying them of your stream. The top half of your screen will show what your viewers are seeing, with a control to switch between the front and rear facing camera in the top-right corner.

The bottom half of the screen is where notifications of comments and new viewers will show up.

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