Even after becoming the world's most popular social networking website, Facebook is in the process of evolving itself by introducing new features one after the other. To make the platform even more interactive, Facebook introduced 360-degree videos for news feeds on Thursday.
Facebook claimed the 360-degree feature will ensure immersive contents to make the users more interested in it.
To create 360 videos, a special set of cameras is used to record all 360 degrees of a scene simultaneously. This means that when the video is playing on Facebook, users can choose what angle you want to see it from.
On the web you can do this by dragging around the video with your cursor, and on mobile devices you do it by dragging with your finger, or just by turning your device. You will be able to hold up your phone and the 360 video will follow you as you turn, looking around to experience things from all over the world like never before.
Along with updates from your friends and family, you will also be able to discover amazing new content on Facebook from media companies, organisations and individual creators.
There are a number of publishers sharing new 360 videos on Facebook today, including Star Wars, Discovery, GoPro, LeBron James & Uninterrupted, NBC's Saturday Night Live and VICE. These videos help show the range of possibilities with this new medium. For example, Disney and Lucasfilm are debuting an exclusive 360 experience from its upcoming movie Star Wars: The Force Awakens, bringing fans inside the beloved Star Wars universe.
There's also a whole world of video creators and storytellers who are at the cutting edge of exploring this medium, and over the coming days they too will be able to upload their 360 videos to Facebook. We're excited to see more innovative and compelling 360 videos being shared from these publishers.
If you're using Facebook on the web or on Android, you should be able to see 360 videos in News Feed soon. The iOS users will be able to view this feature in the coming months.