Facebook plans suggested, saved and ‘floating’ videos

14 Oct 2015

The ongoing overhaul of Facebook’s video capabilities is continuing unabated, with new plans to provide suggested videos, saved videos, an entire video section and even a cool ‘floating’ video idea so you can multitask.

At the start of the month, Facebook began rolling out a few nice tweaks to its service that incorporated video, like having profile videos rather than images. There was also the release of its first, deeply impressive, 360o videos.

Now the social media giant has announced further innovations, with successful iOS testing on ‘suggested videos’ within the Facebook application going well enough to roll it out to iOS users now to continue the trials.

Desktop and Android users are next up.

A floating Facebook video

Elsewhere, it’s working on a way to save videos for watching later, appealing to the likes of me who, on a commute home from work, can’t exactly click on a video for fear of some ridiculous audio airing on the train.

It is even working on a way to encourage multitasking, which is, pretty much, all people want to do on a mobile device.

“To make this possible, we’re testing a way for people to watch a video in a floating screen while simultaneously multitasking on Facebook,” explained Will Cathcart, VP of product management at Facebook.

This is a very clever project if the company can pull it off as, when you consider how attention is lacking across most forms of video, a way to keep it involved with your other tip tapping could prove remarkably popular.

These will all be synced, eventually, in a video channel on Facebook, much like the shopping channel it discussed earlier this week.

There’s still no word on whether the celebrity-only live video-streaming service will be spread across us regular Joes and Joannes, but the company said that the August release saw the release of “authentic and candid” content.

If you are into that sort of thing.

Main image via MKHMarketing on Flickr

Gordon Hunt was a journalist with Silicon Republic