Facebook Releases Facebook Spaces Where Users Become Avatars and Communicate with Friends

Published by , April 24, 2017 11:47 am

(Inc.) Facebook released Facebook Spaces at the recent F8 Developer Conference of Facebook Spaces. The virtual reality app is Facebook’s first contribution to their own Oculus Rift platform, the VR technology that the company bought in 2014 for $2 billion. The focus in Spaces is entirely on exploring content and on communicating with friends, exactly the sort of activities that people do on Facebook.
Facebook intentionally stripped out complex games and activities because it found that people would play instead of socialize.  When you join the world, Facebook allows you to create a cartoon avatar using your Facebook images. It lets you view timeline content against a 360 degree backdrop of your choice. You can post selfies and you can draw pictures in mid-air. But Spaces really comes to life when you bring in other people, and at the moment, they have to be people you know.