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Monday, July 6, 2015

Facebook added Floating Videos to its' website

Update;(8/20/2015): I forgot to update this post sooner...Facebook decided to remove this feature from their website, a day or two after this was posted. I actually liked this feature and hope Facebook revitalizes it.

Update (6/8/2015):  A Facebook spokesperson contacted me with this statement: 
"We’ve heard from some people that they’d like to watch videos while they scroll through News Feed. We’re running a small test where you can create a smaller floating screen which continues playing the video while you scroll through your News Feed."

Facebook has added Picture in Picture (A.K.A. Floating Videos) on their website. For the native videos, you can watch it while scrolling on their site.

Surprisingly, this update has not been covered widely in the tech press, and Facebook has not released a PR statement about this.

This is what they look like:

Facebook Picture in Picture
Next to the playing video post

Facebook Picture in Picture
Mid-scrolling thru facebook

To activate it, click on the button left of the full-screen one

The Verge Picture in Picture

They are constantly improving their video advertising platform, and recently announced a revenue sharing platform for publishers.

Recently, Apple added functionality for PiPs in iOS 9. (Picture in Picture)

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