Zuckerberg also announced a new product named Soundbites, which are short-form audio clips that users can enjoy in feeds.
Facebook The company’s CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, announced on Monday that the company was working on audio features that allow users to have conversations in real-time with other users, much like the application Clubhouse, which generated lots of attention throughout Silicon Valley circles earlier this year.
Zuckerberg declared that Facebook plans to invest heavily in audio capabilities and roll out these features over the next few years.
“We believe that audio is going to become an excellent medium, and there are a myriad of different kinds of products that can be developed across the entire spectrum,” Zuckerberg told Casey Newton on Monday, via the sidechannel Discord server.
The feature’s name is Live Audio Rooms. The company anticipates that it will be accessible to all users of the Facebook app, as well as Messenger, in the summer of this year. The company announced this in the blog post.
The company plans to test Live Audio Rooms in Facebook groups.
Facebook has announced plans to permit users to charge other users the privilege of accessing live audio rooms by way of a single purchase or subscription as a way for creators to earn money from the feature.
The new feature is a bit of a delight. Facebook has been accused of copying features from rival social media platforms like Snap. In addition, The New York Times reported in February that they were working on an app to compete with Clubhouse, a rapidly growing San Francisco start-up that popularized live-streamed audio rooms.
Zuckerberg also revealed a new product called Soundbites. These are audio clips that are short, like jokes, that users will be able to watch on a feed. Facebook will employ algorithms to decide which sound tracks will be played for each user. The company plans to develop tools to edit sound, which can be used to create the audio required for Soundbites.
” It basically creates a dynamic feed based on the audio content you have expressed an interest in.” “It’s almost like a snack,” he explained.
Facebook announced that it will launch the Audio Creator Fund to pay users to make content to be used in SoundBites. The company will be able to test Soundbites in the coming months.
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