The Facebook F8 2015 Developer’s Conference might be aimed at the developers and engineers behind the biggest social media site in the world, but there were many announcements that are sure to impact its 1.4 billion users.
The conference is held annually at Facebook headquarters in San Fransisco and usually runs for 3 days. Last year’s biggest moment at the conference was when Mark Zuckerburg introduced Oculus at the Facebook F8. This year’s conference did not disappoint and some pretty exciting news was revealed. We’ve selected our 3 favourite Facebook F8 2015 Developer’s Conference:
1. Oculus Rift Is Coming This Year (Maybe)
Facebook is climbing on board the virtual reality express. Facebook CTO, Mike Schroepfer, announced that virtual reality is coming to Facebook with the Oculus Rift. In March last year Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerburg took to his official Facebook account to announce that Facebook has acquired the Oculus VR headset for $2 billion! Schroepfer vaguely hinted that consumers might be able to get their hands on the Oculus Rift before the end of the year, but stated that he “did not announce anything regarding shipping“. We will have to wait and see.
@vindugoel did not announce anything regarding shipping just said pc hardware available this year can create these experiences
— Mike Schroepfer (@schrep) March 26, 2015
2. More From Messenger
Facebook has been working hard to position its Messenger app as a main communication app for its users. Facebook announced that it will be expanding the reach that Messenger has by introducing 3rd party apps that will allow you to choose between many different ways of staying connected and in-touch with your friends and family. There are already 40 3rd party apps that have been developed for Messenger, and yes, many are focused on communicating via the selfie.
Businesses will also be able to start taking advantage of the features and functions of Messenger. Soon businesses will be able to use Messenger in the same way they have been using email to communicate with their customers. Businesses whose Facebook pages you’ve liked will soon be able to send order confirmations and promotional material to customers via Messenger which customers have to opt into to receive.
3. Facebook Figures
Facebook F8 is a Facebook event so they had to brag a little bit with their massive success. We already know that Facebook is the biggest social media site in the world and has the same population as China. The most astonishing figure has to be that there are 3 billion videos viewed on Facebook EVERY DAY.