“We’re building infrastructure that will allow us to do anything we want with video” Chudnovsky explains.
Still he wouldn’t say if Facebook’s moving in the livestreaming direction.
Building video into a chat app means these conversations can be emergent, spontaneous experiences, rather than scheduled occurrences.
“Everything starts from a text conversation these days” Chudnovsky explains. I’m going to text you and ask if you have three minutes for a phone call.” Instead they can text in Messenger, and switch to video with one tap.
“We’re not thinking about what our second, third, fourth, and fifth steps will.
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.When I asked how Messenger compares to Skype or Hangouts’ data usage, Chudnovsky wouldn’t be specific but said “We’ve been doing a lot of benchmarking and we’re very happy.“Group video calling is definitely a use case that a lot of our people might be interested in at some point…[and] it would be a big deal if the whole [shakes hand to simulate lack of video stabilization] thing goes away.” Those could help Messenger compete with Google’s Hangouts, which is filled with bells and whistles.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.