Ars Technica: Now you can post videos directly to Reddit, no third-party service required. “Reddit announced a big, and likely welcome, change coming to its site: native video uploads. After testing the feature out in about 200 communities, native video hosting will now roll out for all Reddit communities, giving every user the ability to upload and share videos on Reddit without the use of a third-party service. Until now, users had to upload videos to another site and then post the video’s link to Reddit in order to share.”
Consumerist: Facebook Cracking Down On Video Clickbait In The Newsfeed. “There are two kinds of video clickbait Facebook is going after: Stories that feature either fake video play buttons embedded in their imagery, or videos that only play a static image.”
CNET: Twitter to livestream the solar eclipse chase across the US. “Add Twitter as yet another way to catch Monday’s total solar eclipse, the first to cross the US from coast to coast in nearly 100 years, if you somehow miss it in person. The social network is partnering with the Weather Channel to livestream the ‘once-in-a-lifetime celestial event,’ when the moon blocks out the sun for up to a few minutes.”
Quartz: How to watch the Great American Eclipse live, no matter where you are in the world. “Anyone living in the continental US will be able to see the partial eclipse at some point during the day on Aug. 21. If you don’t live in the path of totality (the 70 mile-wide area where the total eclipse will be visible) or live outside the US, you can still get a great view from dozens of live streams. Don’t worry, it’s completely safe to watch video feeds of the eclipse.”
Social Media Examiner: How to Integrate Facebook Messenger Bots With Facebook Live. “Want more leads and conversions from your Facebook Live videos? Did you know using a chatbot can boost your results? Integrating Messenger bots with your Facebook Live broadcasts makes it easy for viewers to sign up for and receive your offers. In this article, you’ll discover how to create a Facebook Messenger bot that generates qualified leads from your live videos.” This is neat!
Digital Trends: Play Any Video On Any Device With The Best Free Video Converters
. “What good is having a super-compressed MPEG4 video if you can’t watch it on whatever device you choose? Sure, that movie may look phenomenal in high-definition on your desktop — especially if you’ve opted for one of the best 4K monitors available — but it can be a pain to watch on your home console, tablet, or smartphone. Luckily, quality video converters have been around for several years, allowing users to convert their precious video footage into a number of desirable formats. Best of all, most of them are completely free.”
Facebook: Introducing Watch, a new platform for shows on Facebook. “We’re introducing Watch, a new platform for shows on Facebook. Watch will be available on mobile, on desktop and laptop, and in our TV apps. Shows are made up of episodes — live or recorded — and follow a theme or storyline. To help you keep up with the shows you follow, Watch has a Watchlist so you never miss out on the latest episodes.”