The US-based social media giant Facebook announced the Hotline, a platform similar to Clubhouse and Instagram Live. The platform, where a live broadcast is held for the first time today, offers creators the opportunity to organize a Q&A event.
Facebook has been known to be working on a new Clubhouse-like feature for a while. Now the company’s R&D team, NPE Team, has announced a new feature called Hotline. Hotline is a combination of Instagram Live and Clubhouse, a web-based application where content creators can communicate with their followers and make questions and answers via text or audio.
At this point, the biggest difference that separates Hotline from Clubhouse is that content creators can use images instead of just sound. Investor Nick Huber was the first to publicly test Facebook’s new feature.
There is no mobile version yet:
According to the reports, Hotline operates differently from Clubhouse and Twitter Spaces. At this point, the application allows content creators to use video and thus make a Q&A event, instead of just voice conversations like in Clubhouse.
The basic Q&A component of the app involves creators answering questions from viewers via text, while viewers can re-vote the questions they want answered and then respond with emoji responses to the ongoing conversation.
However, unlike Clubhouse, Hotline records conversations automatically. These recordings, taken in MP3 (audio) and MP4 (video) formats, are then offered to content creators so they can be published on other social networks.
There is currently a website for Facebook’s new feature. After entering this address, users need to sign in with their Twitter account and then SMS verification. At this point, TechCrunch reported that Facebook is also working on mobile versions of the application.
It is not yet known when the application will be made available to the general public and when mobile versions will be released. We will continue to inform you as new details about the application come in. Stay tuned to be informed about the developments.