A big question raised by the launch is whether this could pave the way for Facebook to enter the mobile livestreaming market, where Meerkat and Twitter’s Periscope are making waves.
“We’re building infrastructure that will allow us to do anything we want with video” Chudnovsky explains.
It’s often let products like Facebook Deals or Home die rather than pester its nearly one and a half billion people to use them. Only products and features people actually want survive and that’s how the product keeps getting better and better” Chudnovsky reveals. Though Facebook offers a way to disable auto-play of News Feed videos when you’re not on Wi-Fi to save people’s data plans, some users who didn’t still felt burned when they saw their bills.
The Messenger team has done extensive work to try to crunch the data needed for video calling as small as possible.
Bringing it to mobile could Messenger a serious competitor to i OS-only Face Time, clunky Skype, and less-ubiquitous Google Hangouts.It will let them go out and find the feature if they’re on on a cellular connection, but will remind them they could have a more vivid connection for free when possible.This is all part of Facebook’s philosophy that its products have to be good enough to grow without massive cross-promotional help. Protecting people from their own data usage will be important for the feature.Still he wouldn’t say if Facebook’s moving in the livestreaming direction.“We’re not thinking about what our second, third, fourth, and fifth steps will.For example, Chudnovsky imagines two people Messenger text chatting for hours, one in a hotel room in NY, another in a room in Paris, both on Wi-Fi.