Facebook introduces 360 degree Photos
Facebook is a social online networking service having headquarters in Menlo Park, California, in the United States. Its initial service was launched by Mark Zuckerberg on 4th February, 2004 with his Harvard College friends. In its early days Facebook was only limited to Universities and high school students. Since 2006, anyone aged 13 and older has been allowed to become a registered user of the website. In this digital world, if a person is literate then it is believed that he will definitely have a facebook id. And if a person has a facebook id, then he would also be familiar with the features of Facebook. Just to refresh in facebook, users can create user profile, add friends, post status updates, exchange messages, photos, even share videos and even receive notifications when others update their profiles. Users can also join common interest user groups, categorize their friends, and can even complain or block certain people who posts indecent contents.
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Facebook had over 1.59 billion monthly active users and has a revenue over US $17.928 billion as of August 2015. Zuckerberg said ” Immersive virtual and augmented reality will become a part of people’s everyday life. And History suggests that there will be more platforms to come, and whoever builds and designs will structure the future and reap benefits.” The saying of Zuckerberg is absolutely right and in March 2014, Facebook acquired Oculus which is an American Virtual Reality Technology company founded by Palmer Luckey and Jack McCauley.
Facebook is very eager to bring immersive social experience to its users. Moving in this direction in the last year F8 Developers Conference, Facebook also launched its own Facebook Surround 360 camera and also introduced 360 degree video to News feed. This makes users to virtually look around and feel as if they are in the middle of the scene.
And in next few weeks Facebook introduces 360 degree photos to News feed. This feature allows users to upload panoramic photos or photos taken by 360 camera, which can be viewed from different angles by tilting the smartphone or by dragging the screen in the desired direction. If users are using facebook on desktops, they can change angles by using the on screen cursors options. Facebook wants to penetrate its services in virtual reality hence it has already announced 360-degree stereoscopic 3D video camera.
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