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Facebook’s new Live Video map lets you drop in on strangers around the world

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Steven Sentell
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Here you can peer into the lives of some of Facebook s global community of 1.65 billion users.

But don t expect too much – a random look through feeds late Wednesday showed a guy staring blankly at his smartphone camera, a shaky POV of a motorcycle journey, a person buttering toast, and a guy in a youth hostel eating noodles.

Blue dots indicate the location of a stream, and hovering your mouse over it connects you to the feed.

These point to where current viewers are located around the world, though maybe Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will look at them as an indicator of how well he s succeeding in his quest to connect everyone on the planet.

Live Video s interactive map should certainly boost traffic for the service, as before the only way you d know if a user was broadcasting live was via a notification, meaning you had to already be following them.

Facebook knows there s money to be made here – users reportedly watch live broadcasts for three times longer than recorded video, and post 10 times more comments.

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