Facebook is bridging the traditional and virtual versions of its social network in new ways.
On Wednesday, Facebook unveiled forthcoming features that will bring more of Facebook proper to its virtual reality version, Facebook Spaces, and that will enable people to share 3D virtual objects from Spaces to their 2D news feeds, potentially raising people’s awareness of and interest in VR.
The company teased the new features during a keynote presentation at Facebook-owned virtual reality company Oculus’s annual developer conference in San Jose, CA.
Potentially the most significant announcement was the introduction of a new news feed post format called 3D Posts.
Through the format, people will be able to take the objects they create in VR using Oculus Medium — a VR analog to Adobe Illustrator — or Facebook Spaces and share them on Facebook.
On Facebook, people will be able to interact with the posts by swiping around them to view a 3D object from different angles, similar to how a person would watch a 360-degree video.