When Facebook Live first came out, I’ll admit it — I was daunted.
I’m supposed to go to stream live to the world without the opportunity for a second take? Ummm, no thanks!
I had to worry about sound, lighting, my "script," distractions in the background... It was daunting.
But here’s the thing — Facebook Live is a hugely important tool in your digital toolkit. I regularly work with clients who go Live on Facebook for the first time and find that their videos reach more people that like their page! (300% reach — yes please!!!)
We know that people watch Live videos 3x longer than videos that aren’t live. And that they engage with them 10x more than regular videos!
So yeah, apprehension aside — Facebook Live videos get people watching and engaging.
Before I ever went Live on Facebook for the world to see, I came up with a hack that allowed me to ease my way into the otherwise scary world of live streaming.
And here’s the thing: It’s so simple, you’re going to laugh.
Before going Live for an audience via my brand page, I went Live via my personal page with my privacy settings adjusted to “Only me.”
This meant I could practice being on camera, see how the video looked on my computer, hear the sound, play with the awesome built-in filters, and a whole lot else, knowing that I’d be the only to see my first take.
So here’s the step-by-step breakdown.
Open up Facebook on your smartphone. Where you would say "What's on your mind, choose "Live."
If that option isn't there, then just click into the post and then click on the camera icon below.
You will then get a list of options. Choose "Live Video."
Once you have done that, directly underneath your name, you will see a dropdown menu that has likely defaulted to either “Public” or Friends.”
Click on it and you will get a list of privacy setting options.
Select "Only me."
Now when you go live, the only person who can see your video is you.
When you are finished going live, instead of publishing it to your page, just delete it. Or publish it to your page (if you want to play around with any of the settings) and you can delete it later, comfortable with the knowledge that your video only had an audience of one (you!).
I hope this hack helps you get over the initial hurdle of going Live. It really is a powerful tool and I highly recommend you experiment with it as you are telling your digital story.
Want more tips on getting started with Facebook Live. I wrote up a helpful checklist, full of things to consider before, during and after your broadcast.
I use my iPhone for so many things. It's my calendar, address book, camera, alarm clock, GPS, calculator, radio... The list goes on and on.
It's just so convenient. It's always with me, so why not take advantage of all of its massive capabilities.
One way that I use my iPhone is as a notepad. I used to be a paper guy (and in some ways, I still am). But I don't always have a notebook around. And I ALWAYS have my phone handy.
Needless to say, I use iPhone Notes for all kinds of things: shopping lists, to-do lists, idea trackers, movie/book/music suggestions... If I need to remember something, that's most likely where's its going.
One day, I was trying to copy and paste something from my notepad. I accidentally selected and deleted the entire note. Month's worths of reminders, ideas and lists were suddenly gone. It wasn't until that panic-stricken moment that I suddenly realized -- iPhones don't have undo buttons. 😱
But fret not -- while there is no undo button on an iPhone, there IS a way to access this important feature.
The simple (hilarious?) solution: shake your phone.
That's right, make Taylor Swift (or is it André 3000) proud and give your phone a little shake.
When you do, a box will pop-up asking if you'd like to "Undo Typing."
Click "undo," and just like CTRL+Z on your computer, your most recent activity will be undone.
Undo something prematurely or by accident? Fret not, just shake your phone again and it will give you the option to "Redo Typing."
It works with text in every application (that I've tested to date). It also will recover pictures/files/emails in some applications. Though not all. So delete and edit carefully.
Let me know if you find any other great uses for your iPhone's hidden undo feature.
Have any fun iPhone tips to share? I'm always on the lookout for additional functionality for the powerful little computer that's always in my pocket (if it's not in my hand!).
Share your tips in the comments or tag me on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn or Instagram.
You can see other such iPhone tips via my blog category "iPhone functionality."
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