The 360-degree photos serve brilliantly for people using a virtual reality headset.
After 360-degree videos, Facebook has now rolled out 360-degree photos as well. Similar to the ideos, the 360-degree photos are more like a panorama that you can view by tilting your phone side-to-side. These will serve brilliantly for people using a virtual reality headset. 360-degree photos can be clicked on any smartphone camera supporting panorama mode, and then post the photo on Facebook as you would a normal photo.
The 360 photos are quite interesting to view. On a computer, users can either click and drag around their cursor on photograph, while mobile users only need to tilt their devices. These photos are easily differentiated from the normal ones on Facebook as the 360 images have a compass icon on the right-hand side of the photo.
Using Facebook’s latest tool, the astronauts at International Space Station also posted a 360-degree photo of their laboratory on their Facebook page.
Zuckerberg also shared a post by The New York Times of a 360 photo of the inside of the Supreme Court of the United States.
Currently, 360 photos are available to view on Facebook via the web and the latest version of the Facebook app on iOS and Android. Over the next few days Facebook will be rolling out the ability for users to share their own 360 photos on Facebook.