The award for most compelling use of Facebook Live since BuzzFeed’s watermelon explosion goes to the City of New York digital team and the NYPD, which used the streaming platform to broadcast the theatrical destruction of dozens of confiscated dirt bikes this afternoon. The good part starts at about the 29-minute mark in the video below.
On Friday, Gawker reported that YouTube and Facebook would simultaneously livestream BuzzFeed’s live interview with the President of the United States, which took place today at 2:50 p.m. But it turns out that only the former service was able to hold up their end of the bargain. As you can see in the video below, Facebook Live abruptly stopped working before the interview even began.
We are, right now, in the midst of a digital media upheaval. What was previously conventional wisdom—that a media company with hopes of turning a profit needs, above all, to achieve scale—is being proven false. The new conventional wisdom is that video will be digital media’s savior, but it is only a matter of time before this is proven false too.