Facebook has announced that users can now easily share 360 photos on the site by simply taking a panorama with your phone or capture a 360-degree photo using a 360 photo app or 360 camera, and then posting it on Facebook as you would a normal photo.
From there, it will be converted to an immersive 360 photo that people can explore, similar to how people experience 360 videos on Facebook.
“Along with 360 photos from your friends and family, you can discover stunning new 360 photos on Facebook from public figures, publishers, and other organizations. 360 photos give you the ability to take the stage in front of 100,000 fans with Paul McCartney, get behind-the-scenes access to the Supreme Court via The New York Times, visit the International Space Station with NASA, and more. This medium enables new opportunities for creativity, and we’re excited to see what kinds of 360 photos get shared on Facebook,” says Facebook.
Beyond News Feed, you will also be able to explore Facebook 360 photos in virtual reality with the Samsung Gear VR, powered by Facebook owned virtual reality company, Oculus and while using a supported Samsung device, simply click View in VR in the top left corner of the video, place the phone in the Gear VR, and experience the photo in an immersive VR environment.