By Vadim Lavrusik, Product Manager and Hursh Agrawal, Software Engineer

People love reading articles from and connecting with their favorite journalists and public figures on Facebook. Today, we’re making Facebook Mentions and Live available to public figures with verified profiles to help them engage their followers and interact with their peers.

As a journalist or public figure with a verified profile, you can use Mentions to:

Report from the scene and interact with your followers live.
With Live, you can report from the scene, host a Q&A and connect in realtime with your followers. We recently published some best practices to help you have a successful live session.

See what people are saying about you and the topics you care about.
Check out what people are saying about you and other topics you follow. You can also see what topics are currently trending on Facebook.

Post publicly or share with your followers.
Whether you’re sharing text, links, photos or something else, Mentions lets you choose the audience you want to share with. For example, you can share a post so only your followers see it in News Feed.

If you have a verified profile, download Facebook Mentions and log in with your Facebook credentials to start connecting with your followers today. If you are a public figure and believe your Page or profile should be verified, please fill out this form.

We’ll be updating this page with Live videos from verified profiles below.

Al Roker talks about his fab 5 favorite items in his kitchen

Keir Simmons live from Buckingham Palace

Josh Constine talking about Live for journalists