Facebook, at the recently concluded F8, made announcements of some significant changes that will soon be available. All of the changes are geared to make it easier for consumers to interact with businesses and people. Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO of Facebook and other executives made the announcements at the F8. Let us have a look at this post to know more about the big changes that are coming to Facebook.
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- Spherical Videos/Virtual Reality on your News Feed
[Tweet “Facebook will start supporting videos which are shot with 360 degree camera technology”]. You will be able to change the viewpoint of the videos by using your mouse to click and drag the video on screen. If you own an Oculus Rift headset, you will even be able to view the videos in virtual reality.
- E-Commerce with Messenger
Messenger, the standalone app of Facebook will be integrated in e-commerce sites. When you purchase any product online, you will be able to select your Facebook account so that you can get notifications from the companies and know what you bought using the app.
This update will be good for you if you hate to receive multiple emails confirming your order, telling you about the shipment or any returns that you have made.
- Video Embedding Elsewhere
Now if you share any video in Facebook it can be embedded elsewhere online. Earlier, you could only share it by linking to it. This is an attempt on Facebook’s part to encourage more users to upload videos on Facebook rather than YouTube.
- Reply Using Other Apps
[Tweet “Third-party apps can now be used to reply to messages in the Messenger”]. Earlier you would have to close the Messenger app, open any other app like the Giphy, which creates animated GIFs, create the GIF and copy it into the message. Now, you can directly use the third party apps without closing Messenger. Even downloads can also be possible.
- Building Drones to bring Web to Remote Places
[Tweet “Facebook is working with Internet.org to create drones and bring in Internet access to remote areas”]. To reach that goal, Facebook is also building lasers and satellites in Facebook’s Connectivity Lab.
- Analytics will be obtained by developers
With the free dashboard, developers will be able to see analytics for their apps. They will see who are using their apps and the locations from where they are using. This is possible across all devices.
- Control more devices with Facebook
Developers will be able to create programs which can manage many devices like controlling your self-watering plants to opening your garage door and more. Facebook will be entering the world of Internet of Things in this way. However, it is not yet clear how the company will be integrated with IoT devices.
Media companies will also be able to garner more engagement for their content as the comments that you post on any story you read, will automatically come up in Facebook as well. The Huffington Post, EliteDaily, Fox Sports and BuzzFeed are among the first media companies which will test this change.
What do you think about the changes? Are you happy with them? Do you recommend any other changes which Facebook could have made? We would like to hear your thoughts.