When watching a live event, you may be given the opportunity to participate in a live chat, a poll, or a Q&A session on the event page. Below will outline what to expect and how to use each of these features as a viewer. Keep in mind there is no guarantee you will always see these features used as they are enabled and controlled by the event's producer.
If the event’s producer enabled chat, you will see a chat window to the right of the video player. If you wish to participate, you will need to either sign in to Vimeo, Facebook, or click Chat as a guest.
If you sign in via Vimeo or Facebook, the name that displays will be your name on that account.
You can then type in your message and either press the Enter/Return key on your keyboard to send, or click the send button to the right to send your chat message, which may be up to 280 characters long. Your messages will appear on the right side of the chat window whereas others’ messages will appear alongside their names on the left side.
When the chat is open you can adjust how it’s displayed by clicking the ••• menu in the upper right corner. Minimize will show only a chat bubble icon next to the player, whereas Pop out will open the chat in a separate browser window.
If you choose Minimize, you can re-open the chat window by clicking the chat bubble icon.
Note that the event chat is moderated by the event’s producer, who has the ability to delete or block comments from anyone. Also, chat is available in lieu of commenting until the stream ends.
If the nature of the event involves answering questions from viewers, the event producer may utilize our Q&A (Question and Answer) feature. When this feature is turned on, you and other viewers will see a “Have a question?” prompt; click Ask to participate.
You can type in your question in the text box at the top. Toggle on the Ask anonymously switch if you don’t want your name to be displayed next to the question.
You can see your question and all other questions below, either in the order in which they were asked (Recent) or in order of those with the most votes (Popular). You can vote on any question by clicking the thumbs up icon next to it.
When the producer is addressing a question, you may see it highlighted in the chat window.
You may also see it as a graphic overlay in the video player.
The producer can then archive any questions, which will cause them to disappear from the list.
To return to the regular live chat, click the X in the upper right corner of the Q&A window.
The event producer can use the Polls feature to either get a vote on a topic or quiz their audience. If they do this, you will see the poll question at the bottom of the chat window. Click Vote to participate.
The poll will take over the chat window with the question and 2-4 possible response options (depending on how the producer created it). Click on a response to choose one.
The producer may display the poll in a graphic in the player as well; this is mainly to raise awareness of the poll, as the options in the player cannot be clicked.
When the producer closes the poll and publishes the results, you will see the results in the polls window; they may also appear in a graphic overlay.
To return to the regular live chat, click the X in the upper right corner of the Polls window.