Facebook thinks you want to invite your friends to watch a video with you
Have you ever sat around bored on your lunch break, browsing through Facebook and watching some of the autoplay videos that appear in your timeline? I imagine you have. But have you ever wished that you could just hold on to that video, gather a group of friends online and watch it all at once? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?
On Wednesday, Fidji Simo, Facebook VP of Product, revealed a new feature called “Watch Parties,” which will allow members of a Group on the social network to do exactly that. Admins or moderators can choose any public video on Facebook, live or recorded, and invite everyone in the group to watch it all at once. Once invited members join the “party,” they’ll be able to comment and react like they would on a live video for everyone to see.