Facebook Live: A Free Real-Time Interactive Information Platform.
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Social media has expedited delivery of medical information through newsfeeds with the ability to respond immediately to a post and engage in a “conversation” with the post editor or other followers [1-3]. However, the ideal online educational platform would allow real-time interactive presentations, which have traditionally been expensive for educators to develop and disseminate and required user subscriptions to cover these costs. In 2016, Facebook (Menlo Park, California, USA) launched an online live broadcast platform. “Facebook Live” was created as a way for users to communicate to their friends and followers in real-time. Clicking the “go live” button within Facebook automatically engages your computer’s camera and microphone and begins streaming a live video. Along with the video, this platform also has a comments section, which allows the host and viewers to post and respond to comments during the live feed. Once the live feed has ended, Facebook automatically posts the recording to the user’s Facebook page for further viewing and commenting. Recognizing the advantages of live interaction for education, we have added Facebook Live to our armamentarium of educational delivery tools .