360 Degree Video Is Coming To Your Facebook Newsfeed

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F8 Developers Conference is coming to San Francisco on March 25 through 26, 2015. CEO of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg said at the conference Wednesday that Facebook plans to add newsfeed support for spherical videos-the 360 degree panoramas necessary to make VR an immersive experience. VR head tracking allows the user to see in any direction and binaural mixing which creates an audio experience that is just as immersive as the visual. What Facebook want is that letting newsfeed users pan around in 360-degree videos with a finger or mouse even outside of a VR headset. Mark Zuckerberg believes that after photos replaced text as the most commonly shared medium on Facebook, video will replaced photos within five years, especially those virtual and augmented reality videos. He said, “ This is a new and much more immersive type of content. You’re actually interacting with it and you feel like you’re there.” I agree with it. People sharing photos, videos and create self-content on the social media platforms in order to engaging with others, to communicate with their friends and families. Moreover, people always decided to share the contents because they have empathy and have the same feelings. The 360 Degree Video can make people feel like they’re here when then watch the video, which can boost their willingness to share and to talk about.

Facebook will not be the first one to do it though. Youtube began allowing users to upload spherical videos earlier this month. And it still cost relatively high today, such as the relatively-low-quality Ricoh Theta, currently cost as little as $300. Zuckerberg didn’t say when Facebook would add support, but it will be soon to collect interest in Oculus ahead of its consumer launch.

Questions:

  • If 360 Degree Video already comes to Facebook Newsfeed, will you be interested in it and give it a try?
  • Do you agree that the most commonly shared medium on Facebook will shift to video within five years?
  • What problems do you think it may have?

Links: http://readwrite.com/2015/03/25/360-degree-video-facebook-newsfeed

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