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New Facebook update supports floating videos while you scroll

By Gabe Carey
Jul 7, 2015
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  1. [parsehtml]<p><img src='https://www.techspot.com/images2/news/header/2015/07/f8_day1keynote-2.jpg' class='intro-image' /></p><p><img src="https://www.techspot.com/images2/news/bigimage/2015/07/2015-07-07-image.JPG" /></p> <p>If you&#39;re one who takes delight in watching viral videos while reading that way off-base political article your distant cousin shared, you&#39;ll love the latest update Facebook just rolled out. As shown in the photo above, a new button has been added to videos embedded into a Facebook post. The pop-out button enables video watching while skimming your News Feed by, as the name suggests, <em>popping out</em> of the post and allowing you to reposition it anywhere on the page.</p> <p>Unfortunately the video won&#39;t remain in place after moving to a different page. As a result, this feature will only come in handy if you&#39;re looking to frantically continue to scroll through whatever page you&#39;re on while haphazardly diverting focus from a lengthy video. Facebook has recently been making advantageous budgetary decisions by investing in its video player to garner more hits for advertisers.</p> <p>As of 2013, running an ad on Facebook would set sponsors back <a href="https://www.techspot.com/news/52263-facebooks-upcoming-video-ads-may-run-advertisers-1-million-daily.html">$1 million daily</a>, potentially exhibiting some hefty earnings for the social media giant. For that reason, Facebook has been working since last June to <a href="http://www.adweek.com/socialtimes/facebook-changes-news-feed-algorithm-to-reflect-video-usage/299790">impose more video content</a> onto the News Feeds of its users. YouTube, on the other hand, is moving in the opposite direction with the recent reveal of an <a href="https://www.techspot.com/news/60310-youtube-ad-free-subscription-service-imminent-content-creators.html">ad-free subscription-based</a> video service.</p><p><a rel='alternate' href='https://www.techspot.com/news/61274-new-facebook-update-supports-floating-videos-while-you.html' target='_blank'>Permalink to story.</a></p><p class='permalink'><a rel='alternate' href='https://www.techspot.com/news/61274-new-facebook-update-supports-floating-videos-while-you.html'>https://www.techspot.com/news/61274-new-facebook-update-supports-floating-videos-while-you.html</a></p>[/parsehtml]
     
  2. H3llion

    H3llion TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,313   +258

    Facebook video player is just awful.
     

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