Facebook that had acquired Whatsapp and Instagram recently has announced that it will make the feature “Live Audio Rooms” go live this summer.
It will be a clone of Clubhouse, Facebook-owned Instagram had earlier introduced TikTok-like feature reels that is going viral across the countries.
- Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Monday announced that the company is building audio features where users can engage in real-time conversations with others.
- These types of features could be used within groups on Facebook, Zuckerberg said.
- Zuckerberg also announced an upcoming product called Soundbites, short-form audio clips that users will be able to listen to in a feed.
“We think that audio is of course also going to be a first-class medium, and there are all these different products to be built across this whole spectrum,” Zuckerberg told Casey Newton on Monday on the Sidechannel Discord server.
“You already have these communities that are organized around interests, and allowing people to come together and have rooms where they can talk, I think it’ll be a very useful thing,” he said.
“It basically is creating this dynamic, algorithmic feed based on your interests around different audio content that you can consume in the background but is this snackable thing,” he said.
Facebook said it plans to make an Audio Creator Fund to pay users to create content for SoundBites. The company will start to test out Soundbites over the next few months.
Zuckerberg also said Facebook is working on podcast features that will allow users to discover, share and listen to podcasts within the app.
Finally, an integration with Spotify could allow musicians to more easily share their music on the social network and would allow users to easily play music within the social network, Zuckerberg said. The integration is known internally within Facebook as Project Boombox.