It’s hard being an expat sometimes. Half my family is in England, and the American half are spread out all over the country; some even moved to Australia. The advent of the Internet has made it easier to feel connected in real-time; instead of waiting for letters to arrive in the mail and getting a Christmas card portrait once a year, I can log on to Facebook and see the daily milestones and news happening in my branches of family all over the world – and that’s comforting!
As technology continues to evolve, the distance between my loved ones is bridged little by little. Although static photos and updates are great, it’s not the same as being there. So I’m excited about Livelens, a new app for iOS and Android that allows you to stream videos to Facebook in real time. This means that instead of just snapping a photo with your phone, you can actually share what you’re doing live – so relatives on the other side of the planet can watch graduations, weddings, children’s birthday parties, and other family events right on Facebook. You can announce your event in advance, so people can mark their calendars to watch; and if the time zone makes it difficult for them to “Tune in”, never worry: Livelens automatically saves an archive of the video in “The cloud” which can be played later.
There is no limit on how long your video can be, so this is perfect for sharing family reunions, baby showers, or other gatherings that are hard to sum up in a 2 minute clip. And on the professional side, you can also opt to put a price on your videos – say, if you want to stream your band’s concert or share a blogging seminar. As your video streams, you’ll be able to see who is watching as well as receive comments and likes. This helps to make the experience truly interactive and bridge the gap that distance creates!
For more on Livelens, along with a bonus entry code for our giveaway worth 10 extra points daily, click here to to watch my special video message! Note: Users must download the Livelens app to view this video. Once you have downloaded the app, you will need to search for “MomStart” in order to pull the video up and finish watching.
Livelens is a totally free app available for iOS 5.0 and up on iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch; you can download the app on iTunes here. Android users (2.3 and up) can get Livelens from the Google Play store by clicking here.
Enter to Win:
One MomStart reader will win $50 cash! And because so many of you have family all over the world just like me, this giveaway is open to worldwide entrants! Prize will be remitted in USD via PayPal (PayPal fees not included).
Use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter. Giveaway ends on June 8th, 2014 at 11:00 PM PST – click here to read our giveaway rules.