Last Friday evening, I sat down to do my first Live Video on Facebook. After stressing pretty much all day about it and primping like I was getting ready for a first date, I was ready. It seemed almost too easy to set up so I was a little worried. I got in about 5 minutes early just to make sure I knew what I was doing and 30 seconds later, I got the message that I had a poor connection and the little hamster wheel just started spinning. Great! I’ve had enough experience with technology, though, I just canceled it and started over. That time I connected and it was smooth sailing (kind of) the rest of the evening.
Another lesson I learned was that there is evidently a rule that says you can only do an hour. Oops…didn’t know that. One hour in and people weren’t wanting to leave, so I did 45 more minutes. I also learned you can stop after an hour. Wait 5 minutes, then reconnect. I’m glad I didn’t do that and I’m glad Facebook didn’t cut me off, recorded the whole thing, and didn’t put me in Facebook jail for not following rules. Whew! Live and learn.
The biggest thing I would do differently would be to actually use the laptop sitting in front of me. I was so stressed about it failing the first time, that when I saw the comments start coming up on my phone, I was so relieved, I didn’t think to start it on my computer. In fact, I remember wondering why I wasn’t seeing it on my computer. So, I spent the whole time leaning forward peering into the phone to see that tiny little print. LOL
But once into it, I really enjoyed it. There were a lot of questions and I was able to share a lot (although it was hard to share when questions kept scrolling through). I tried to go back to see them but there were some I missed. I did go back after and answered them on the recorded video. It was also a little bit fun to “have the floor” so to speak with no one interrupting and me not talking over anyone else. LOL
It was a great experience, all in all, and I will do it again. In fact, one viewer suggested doing a live video during a painting class we have coming up on September 30, so we will be working that into the class. Stay tuned for an update on that.
It is also important that you create an Event for a live video, usually about a week ahead of time. Then people can join it and will be reminded when it is time for the live video. I did this quickly, so I only had the event for the day. I had so many viewers and reached so many people by sharing it with the online course I’m taking and the instructor shared it with one of the other groups she admins. That was extremely helpful. I also shared it in the groups I’m in that allows that, on my personal page, and on Instagram.
So…..are you ready to view my very first Live Video. It really was like having friends come over on a Friday evening. Too bad I didn’t think to serve wine. LOL . I do want to warn you that sometime after the first hour, someone asked me to show something I had painted, so I grabbed my phone and tripod and took them on a tour of my living room. LOL. I was afraid I might have made them seasick.
And remember. Be kind. I am a newbie at this.