What’s the most gluing and addictive social media app ever? Well, not Twitter, nor Snapchat or Instagram; it’s Facebook. Have doubts? Well, you won’t after reading these statistics:
- Facebook has 2 billion active users as of now
- Around 1.66 billion people use Facebook every day on their mobile phones
- 1.57 people open the application daily to check the updates from friends (or strangers) and connect with the pages they like! [Source]
Interesting enough, there are more women users on Facebook than men! The ratio isn’t skewed since the number of men and women who surf Facebook is quite closely the same.
Apart from being a source of networking and social interaction, the platform also helps understand the demography is an area or region by pooling in data from user’s likes and profile info.
The social media giant has till now introduced a host of features, almost a new one every month, to help people connect virtually. However, the latest in its list of inventions is ‘Faceboom Spaces’.
The latest Virtual Reality application by the social media giant lets people hang out with each other in virtual reality spaces. This means, you could be in the same room as your friend, while both of you’re a billion miles apart!
Is that all I need to enjoy Facebook Spaces!
To step into the experience of Facebook Spaces, you’ll need to possess an Oculus Rift headset; noteworthy to mention that Oculus was acquired by Facebook back in March 2014 for US$ $2 billion. To interact with your friends, be able to feel the gestures, you need to own Oculus Touch Controllers where you’ll be able to catch the things in your VR space.
The app is available in beta version since April 2017 and can be downloaded from the Oculus Store.
And, here comes the fun part!
Facebook has always tried to protect the privacy of people and let the genuine relationships flourish. Facebook Spaces try and incorporate the same where one can create the truest version of oneself. For this, the users can choose their best pictures, most similar to what they look like. The eye color, facial expressions, hair style, etc. can all be changed to replicate the real you. The content comes under three verticals – Media, Tools, and Friends.
The application lets up to four ‘Facebook friends’ share the virtual space by allowing them to watch videos together, do video calls, click selfies, chat, etc. The VR spaces have been launched on Oculus Rift, however, Facebook aims to launch the technology on other VR platforms as well to avoid inhibiting the scope of its use. The users can have a great time in Spaces by interacting with 3D videos and photos which might be their own or provided by Facebook. In case some of your friends don’t own an Oculus Rift, you can still connect to them through Facebook Messenger call.
Facebook tries to go beyond the usual imagination and break free the barrier between the real and virtual world. The change awaits.
Dr. Sana Farid is the Co-Founder and CEO for Munfarid Consulting, Sana is determined to work persistently to enhance the education system thru adapting modern techniques including the use of latest technology. Sana is keen to embed in-depth fervor in learners to excel towards self-reliance and gratification, and become exquisite professionals. An award-winning speaker and trainer, Dr. Sana has been involved with various entities at all levels from strategic alliances to extensive program engagements. Helping to build roadmaps and structured educational programs for government, private and corporates. Sana has been conducting workshops since 2016 covering topics such as Virtual Reality Education in Schools, Assistive Technology and effective use of Virtual Reality for Corporates. She is a native Arab speaker and fluent in English. You can follow her twitter @drsanafarid