If you haven't watched a 360 degree video before, take a moment to go check one out on YouTube. They're pretty cool. Thanks to cameras that are capable of recording 360 degrees around them, we now get an even better idea of what it's like to relive another person's experience. It's this last aspect that perhaps makes the content a natural fit for your Facebook News Feed. So now that's where the social network is placing them.
What sets 360 degree videos apart from traditional footage is the ability to pan around in the middle of a scene. Just click a part of the video and drag to change the camera angle. On phones and tablets, you can either drag your finger or move around the device.
This feature is rolling out starting now for Facebook on the web and on Android. Interestingly, it's not set to hit iOS until some unspecified time in the coming months.
- Facebook Newsroom