All this new revelations at facebook was happening at the Facebook Developer Conference F8 in Fort Mason Center, San Fransisco.
Facebook to allow third-party apps on Messenger
In the past few months, Facebook has really ramped up the Messenger experience — you can add your location, apply stickers on photos and even use it for payments. Now, Facebook will let you customize your messages even further. That’s because Facebook has evolved Messenger into its own platform, which essentially means you can now integrate third-party apps inside the messaging app. Want an easy way to send GIFs from Giphy?
Simply install the add-on, find the GIF you want and away you go. You’ll find many of these apps — there are apparently already 40 on board — in the compose window. And if a friend sends an image or video from one of these third-party apps and you don’t already have them installed, you’ll see an “Install” link on them so you can download them right then and there. This new feature should be available on your friendly neighborhood Messenger app starting today, so be on the lookout for new ways to annoy your Facebook buddies
Facebook introduces an embeddable video player
At its F8 conference, Facebook announced it is introducing a video player that can be embedded onto other sites – finally!
Starting now, users will see an embed option on their videos. They’ll then be prompted to copy and paste the necessary HTML code onto their website.
Previously, pretty much the only way to share a video hosted on Facebook was to link to Facebook page or share it through the platform itself – quite inconvenient if you just want to post a short clip on your blog or website.
The change is part of a greater shift towards improving the video experience on Facebook, and taking YouTube on more seriously. The company recently introduced revamped video sections for pages to highlight content on business and brand pages.
Whether or not Facebook always planned to expand into the video space, there’s no question it’s immensely popular for sharing viral content; it’s a welcome addition.
Facebook will soon start supporting ‘spherical’ videos in the News Feed and Oculus
At the F8 conference , Facebook announced it would begin to support 360 ‘spherical’ videos in the News Feed. It showed off a demo video which it said used 24 cameras to achieve 360-degree coverage.
Users can scroll through the videos by moving the mouse around the window, similar to navigating around Street View in Google Maps.
Of course, these videos will be supported on the Oculus Rift as well.
The addition is similar to what YouTube is doing with 360 videos – just another sign that virtual reality is here to stay.
Well i must say that it will be a busy year for Facebook and a high addiction toll to its users as the brand pushes forward into letting its subscribers reap the best out of their experience!
Kudos Facebook, or should I say Zuckerberg?
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