You post status updates on Facebook. You post photos. You may even post videos. But what's next? What's the next way to connect with your friends?
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says 3D, immersive virtual-reality posts.
I like the idea of being able to show off my new apartment by immersing my friends in it. And so does Zuck.
"I think immersive 3D content is the obvious next thing," says Zuckerberg. "There's always a richer way that people want to share and consume thoughts and ideas."
"The Facebook chief made his comments in response to a question during the company's earnings call on Wednesday about what mainstream applications could come out of virtual reality and Oculus VR," writes Zach Miners for Computer World. "Facebook bought the VR headset maker last year for $2 billion, baffling some industry watchers about the social network's intentions."
When Facebook bought Oculus VR, Zuckerberg explained that virtual reality is a "strong candidate" to be the next social and communications platform.
Zuckerberg has made comments that suggest that virtual reality need not be just for gaming or for entertainment. Instead, it will be how people connect.
So what might Facebook virtual reality look like? "At a conference earlier this year, Facebook Chief Product Officer Chris Cox said Facebook was developing its own virtual reality apps," writes Miners. "The apps might be aimed at helping Facebook users create virtual-reality content for others to view and experience."
How soon? Not sure. But Facebook says that the News Feed will support spherical, 360-degree videos very soon. And you'll be able to buy Oculus Rift in early 2016.