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How to Choose the Thumbnail for Facebook Live Video
Have you tried Facebook Live yet? It’s a scary thought going live on the internet to your following, isn’t it? Even more scary when you consider it can be shared live and anyone could turn up in the comments.
Facebook Live is great fun though and even if you hate it, you should check it out and try to use it for your business. I’m not going to deal with your demons about video in this post (click here for broadcasting tips and here for tips for introverts); instead I’m going to fix the awful thing that Facebook Live does to you AFTER the Live video has ended.
The thumbnail. That’s the still that Facebook automatically generates for you after you finish streaming. It’s the image with the play button embedded on that you’ll see in the timeline.
It’s really important. When you think about it, the still is a large part of your post and one of the biggest reasons for getting clicked or not.
So it makes sense to want to get the best thumbnail that you can.
Good news: you can add your own just like on YouTube, and here’s a simple video I recorded this week to show you how to create your customised thumbnail.
Now… go off and create that Live video and feel free to share it with me on Twitter when you do!
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