Are you a regular user of the famous teleconferencing app, Zoom? If yes, Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook has a proposal for you. Facebook’s Messenger will have a Zoom-like function in which you can invite up to 50 people in one live broadcast video call. Is this a new competitor against the popular pandemic app Zoom?
Zoom new alternative: Facebook Messenger
In the midst of a pandemic, teleconferencing apps are now a necessity. Whether you need to meet up with a friend, relative, or office meeting; apps like Zoom, Google Meet, or even Skype are in its most in-demand rate today.
Due to its demand, Facebook is launching its Zoom-like function, available in the Facebook Messenger. On Thursday, July 23, CNBC reported that Mark Zuckerberg will have an alternative for Zoom. By combining both Messenger Rooms and Facebook live streaming, the company decided to make its Zoom 2.0.
“You can start and share rooms on Facebook through News Feed, Groups, and Events, so it’s easy for you to drop by whenever you want,” writes Stan Chudnovsky, Facebook’s vice president of Messenger, in a blog post. “You can choose who can see and join your room or remove people from your room and lock the room if you don’t want anyone else to join.”
How to use Facebook Messenger Rooms?
The function of the Facebook Messenger Room is simple. The feature allows users to set up a meeting for large audiences using the common app of Facebook.
For example, you wanted to conduct a seminar for the people in your community Facebook group. You can still access the individual calls in the Messenger. But if you will access the Messenger Room, find the tab with the ‘People’ label on it. You can choose how many people that can join your group call through choosing between “hanging out,” or “happy hour.”
After that, you can now have the control to invite the members in real-time, just like on a live stream.
“Whether you’re hosting a book club with friends, interviewing a panel of experts, teaching a fitness class, or broadcasting with your friends for fun, going live from a room makes it easy to have more interactive broadcasts with audiences of any size,” the company said in announcing the new feature.
Users can also remove or add members to the messenger room, just like what you can do in the Zoom app.
Facebook also clarified on The Verge that there will be no end-to-end encrypt calls on the new app– compared to Whatsapp.
Can Facebook replace Zoom?
When the news of the Facebook Messenger Room arrived, the company shares of Zoom fell to 5% than its normal rate. Though its a good start for Facebook, there are still no assurances that this will beat Zoom from its top position.
Currently, Zoom has been recognized as the king of mobile apps in the world. This was after the American-owned app overthrown Chinese app TikTok from its original place.
Zoom downloads already reached over 68 million users, as of July 2020. These rates mostly came from India, and the United States with 41 million.