About Marc Gawith
Wannabe professional golfer living in the body of a sales and business development professional. Father to two kids, husband to one wife, with zero dogs or cats. I really love helping people.
COVID-19 has dramatically altered how we all go about our daily lives, and rightly so. As social distancing protocols limit our ability to travel and interact with people in person — and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future — finding alternative ways to connect with friends, co-workers, and family has never been more important.
One free, easy-to-access tool in just about everyone’s arsenal? Facebook Watch Party, i.e., Facebook’s built-in co-viewing feature.
Facebook Watch Party is a feature that lets people watch and comment on Facebook videos at the same time from separate locations, creating a coviewing experience. So instead of sending that funny cat video you saw on Facebook to your group chat, you can actually invite people to watch it together and react in real time.
You can start a Watch Party for a live video or a prerecorded video that’s already been uploaded. You can also create a Watch Party for other people’s or pages’ videos, but more on that later!
The primary benefit of Facebook Watch Party is the ability to provide a shared viewing experience. This can be extremely useful for a wide variety of contexts and industries. Here are a few examples:
So you’ve decided to try Watch Party — yay! Luckily, the process is pretty straightforward and follows the same steps whether you’re posting from a personal Facebook profile, a Facebook group, or a Facebook Page.
There are a couple of things to consider before diving in:
To start a Watch Party, follow these steps:
1. If you’re hosting a Watch Party from a Facebook page or group, visit the page or group where you’d like to host the party. If you’re hosting on your personal Facebook profile, just go to your own profile!
2. If you’re posting a Watch Party that you want to start immediately, click Write a post, then look for the popcorn emoji and click Watch Party. [If you’re scheduling a Watch Party in advance (only available on Facebook pages), click the Creator Studio link. Then click Create Post, click Create Post again, choose Watch Party, and proceed the same way.]
Posting a Watch Party on your page, group, or profile
Scheduling a Watch Party from Creator Studio
3. Search for a video or click a category tab to see what’s available. If you’re hosting a live Watch Party, click the Live tab, which will show you videos that are currently streaming. You can also pick from videos you’ve uploaded to Facebook (under Page tab) or videos you’ve watched in the past (under Watched tab).
4. Click Add to Queue next to any videos you’d like to include in your Watch Party. (You can add multiple videos to a single Watch Party if you want to host a viewing marathon.) Then click Done.
5. Add a description for your Watch Party, and post! Voila!
Social distancing in the age of COVID doesn’t have to mean emotional distancing. We’re all connected more than we think — sometimes we just need technology to help us remember that.